Night by Elie Wiesel
Part I: Literary Terms
“ Night. No one Prayed, so that the night would pass Quickly. The stars were only sparks of the fire which devoured us. Should that fire die out one day, there would be nothing left in the sky but dead stars, dead eyes.” (18)
-Elie Wiesel’s quote explains how in the end, fire would be the ending to many people in the concentration camp.
“crammed into cattle trains by Hungarian police, they wept bitterly. We stood on the platform and wept too. The train disappeared on the horizon; it left nothing behind but its thick, dirty smoke.” (3)
- The smoke represents the remains of the Jewish people in the camps and how the SS guards on German gestapo wont have mercy on any of their lives.
“Jews, listen to me! I can see fire! There are juge flames! It is a Furnace!” (23)
- Madame Schachter says this to warn the cattle wagon prisoners of their tragic futures of the crematories at the concentration camps. 2. Similes:
“Physically, he was as awkward as a clown.” (1)
Wiesel is describing the physically appearance of his mentor Moshe the Beadle.
“ He looked us over as if we were a pack of leprous dogs hanging onto our lives.”
- The Angel of Death, or the gestapo, is judging the men in the group and is making a decision for his next selection.
“They take me for a madman,” he would whisper, and tears, like drops of wax, flowed from his eyes.”
- This description of Moshe the Beadle shows how fake the mans tears look as if everything he experienced wasn’t real but of how he is being serious and of how real the tears are.
“We’ve got to do something. We cant let ourselves be killed. We cant go like beasts to the slaughter. We’ve got to revolt.” (29)
- This is an explanation of how the people were willing to go and die in the crematories, like how animals would walk to their deaths in slaughter houses.
“The days were like nights, and the nights left the dregs of their darkness in our souls.” (94)
-There were no differences between day and night for the prisoners of the camp, each moment was torture for them and the moments left darkness in their souls.
“ We were so many dried-up trees in the heart of a desert.” (35)
- All the Jewish prisoners during WWII didn’t have any food, water, or importance to their names. They simply were just dying trees that didn’t mean anything to the Germans. 4. Anaphora/ repetition:
"Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed. Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky. Never shall I forget those flames which consumed my faith forever. Never shall I forget that nocturnal silence which deprived me, for all eternity, of the desire to live. Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never." (34)
- Elie Wiesel explaining how horrifying his first night at the camp was like.
"Yet another last night. The last night at home, the last night in the ghetto, the last night in the train, and, now, the last night in Buna. How much longer were our lives to be dragged out from one 'last night' to another?" (76)
-The last nights leave and impact on Elie Wiesel because he is stressing over when will be the last night for him in the camps.
“where is the divine Mercy? Where is God? How can I believe, how could anyone believe, in this merciful God?” (73)
- This is the point when Wiesel starts to lose his faith in God.
“Several days passed. Several weeks. Several months. Life had returned to normal. A wind of calmness and reassurance blew thought our houses. The traders were doing...
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