Ultimately, Night by Elie Wiesel was a whirlwind of emotions. Although the most prevalent emotion displayed throughout his entire memoire was fear. This memoire exemplifies the most disturbing of fears experienced by the victims during the Holocaust: Fear of the certainty of losing each other was indefinite, as was fear of pain experienced, and lastly fear of death.
Although fear of pain and death were always existent, the captives of these work camps were always fearful of losing friends and family. Even before Elie and his family entered the work camps, fear of losing each other was apparent,
“I wanted to return to Sighet to describe to you my death so that you might ready yourselves while there is still time...But I wanted to warn you.”(Wiesel 7)
When Moishe the Beadle had a near death experience, he returned to Sighet for the single purpose of being fearful that Elie and the kind people of Sighet would be lost. He could not bear to have them experience the same as he had. Another example that displays fear of losing each other would be when the Wiesel family inhabit the small ghetto (Wiesel 20), and a former maid known as Maria finds them and begs the Wiesel family to take refugee with her family. This shows how Maria was trying in earnest to not lose her dear friends by offering them protection. In the same manner, the Wiesel family did not want to endanger Maria or separate themselves. Thus by rejecting Maria’s offer they did not have to fear losing each other as they were together. Even though fear of losing each other was most prominent in the beginning, it was also associated to fearing pain.
Moreover, fear for pain was neck and neck with fear for losing each other. Upon entering these work camps, Elie had associated the initial shock/fear of the monstrosities he had seen and the pain that had been inflicted immediately after.
“Dozens of inmates were there to receive us, sticks in hand, striking anywhere, anyone, without reason.” (Wiesel...
Essay Choice 2
December 30, 2010
Positive and Negative Characters.
The division of antagonist and protagonist is quite obviously acknowledged in Night by Elie Wiesel. There are however, subcategories that exist in these two groups. To explain this Elie uses physical, mental, emotional and transitional descriptive techniques paired with the character’s unique traits to exhibit the real reason for each character’s appearance. Nazi’s can presumable be placed in a negative category by assumption, as well as the Jewish being assumed positive. Nevertheless, there are always exceptions in life, and this novel contains many. These indifferences would not be distinguishable or explainable without Elie’s distinct descriptions of the individual characters. Elie even includes description that may not be completely accurate, but it enables him to show the reader the correct intentions of the characters.
Elie himself is the one character in Night that does not his personal morals and integrity during his ordeal. From beginning to end, Elie is a determined young character that is as tenacious as the Nazi’s goal of Jew extermination. At such an early age Elie is forced to live through what may be considered as the most heartless crime ever committed. His true colours are always evident as Elie is describing his true self in the novel. He never backs down from a challenge, or struggle. Because the story is...
Introduction: Elizer Wiesel was born in the town call Sighet, Transylvania. “Night” is a novel that shows the author’s experience with his father at a German nazi concentration camp. The novel takes place during the height of the Holocaust and almost at the end of World War Two. Night is a great book and I would recommend everybody to read it. It is sad and hard to get through but it is worth it to read.
Overview: Eliezer Wiesel was a Jewish teenager who was living in his hometown Sighet, Transylvania. He was only twelve years old at that time. Elie was studying Talmud and at the mean time he wanted to study Kabbalah. He asked his father’s permission, but he was told that “You are too young for that. Maimonides tells us that one must be thirty before venturing into the world of mysticism, a world fraught with peril. First you must study the basic subjects, those you are able to comprehend.” Since he wanted to study Kabbalah so bad, Elie found a teacher for himself, not obeying his father’s instruction. His studying was interrupted when his teacher, Moishe the Beadle, was deported from Sighet because he was foreign Jew. In a few months, Moishe returned, telling a horrifying tale: the Gestapo took charge of his train, led everyone into the woods, and systematically butchered them. Nobody believed Moishe and they thought that he’s going mad. Years pass by and in the spring of 1944, Germans occupied Hungary....
...The Soul’s Mirror
Eyes have guided mankind throughout all history, whether they allowed us to foresee danger or helped us find our loved ones. They have granted us sight over what would otherwise be invisible to us. When looking at someone, one can tell how they are feeling by staring into his or her eyes. Our eyes never lie. Our eyes will often mirror our souls and display our true inner emotions. In Elie Wiesel’s autobiographical narrative, Night, he uses the eye motif to portray characters’ true souls.
In some parts of the narrative, Night, Wiesel used eyes to display the hope and positive emotion in characters. In the beginning of the story, eyes were used as an indication of Moche the Beadle’s calmness in the following quote. “I loved his great, dreaming eyes, their gaze lost in the distance” (Wiesel 13). The beadle, like his eyes, is peaceful as if he were in a dream. He has no worries and his gaze flows into the distance. Later in the story, after Moche escapes Hungarian police, his joy and peacefulness had disappeared. “Moche had changed. There was no longer any joy in his eyes” (Wiesel 16). This quote shows how Moche is now void of happiness and joy. His eyes, which once held tranquility, now hold nothing. In the following quote, eyes show how the prisoners were suddenly full of hope of being rescued when the camp was bombed. “We filled our lungs with the fire- and smoke-laden air, and our eyes shone with hope” (Wiesel 67-68). At...
...Night by Elie Wiesel
Humans go through and encounter situations that can perhaps alter our actions and way of being. The Domino Effect theory states that when one of the dominoes falls, it triggers the next one... but removing the key part will prevent the start of the chain reaction, revealing the truth about people, a situation is what triggers everything else which can make or break you and without the key parts (the people or thing that helped you develop or to contract) it can prevent the reaction (which will either help you grow or go against you and make you weaker). The interaction of people and situations can either strengthen us or diminish our desire to lives but we as humans have the choice to either become miserable or to overcome misery which was the factor in the story. In his memoir, Night the author Elie Wiesel it’s shown to the reader how Eliezer was able to change from being hopeless to be inspired by the people who were in misery. The people that Eliezer Wiesel interacted with strengthened his hope and desire to live. As the story goes on, many relationships and interactions that Eliezer kept with certain people changed and helped strengthen his survival. This is the most evident when he was in contact with his father, Moishe the Beadle and Rabbi Eliahu.
Eliezer’s close relationship with his father which started from “the moment in the time and the place where [he] was leaving [his] mother and Tzipora forever,”...
... Erika Sharrett
March 23, 2015
English 11-Night Essay
Dehumanization is defined as the psychological process of demonizing the enemy, making them seem less than human and hence not worth of humane treatment. It also can lead to increased violence, human rights violations, war crimes, and genocide. When there is severe hatred and aversion towards a different group, it can direct to classifying the rival as inhuman and treating them with bestial punishment. In the bookNight by Elie Wiesel, the Jews were victims of the Nazis and were dehumanized to the equivalence of animals, treated horribly, and faced with the challenge of survival daily.
The most common example of dehumanization in the book was what they were called. The Jews were addressed to as no more than filth or an animal. When the Hungarian police ordered them out of their houses into the streets yelling “Faster! Faster! Move you lazy good-for-nothings!” (Wiesel 24) the Jews began to suffer the first steps to feeling worthless. They were ordered around, given no food or water, hit, stuffed into train cars, and mistreated. Any value or respect held for them was taken away, exemplifying degradation and dehumanization. The Jews were no longer spoke to by their names. Instead, they were given and assigned numbers that were their so-called “names” for the next months. Any historical or important surnames were quickly abolished. “I became A-7713,” Elie explained, “From then on, I had no...
...Synthesis of A Separate Peace, Catcher in the Rye, and Night
There are approximately seven billion people living on the Earth. Each person is different. The journey of finding one’s self is a path that one must take with little help from others and built from their own experiences, creating an identity that must be established by themselves and can only be taken away by themselves as seen through the texts A Separate Peace by John Knowles, Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, and Night by Elie Wiesel.
In the memoir Night written by Elie Wiesel, Wiesel found a new part of his identity from his experiences in the multiple concentration camps. While in the camps Wiesel is faced with multiple trials that transforms all the people around him into animals, he learns from what happens and uses that to make him stronger, not destroy them. Just before the weak are pulled into the selection Akiba Drummer gave up on his faith, “If only he kept his faith in God, if only he could have considered this suffering a divine test” (Wiesel 77). The loss of faith for the Jews in the concentration camps is very common. Most of them completely give up on everything and shut out everything that is happening unless it has anything to do with food. Instead of shutting out everything and losing all of his humanity, Wiesel uses these experiences to gain a further insight in himself and others. Unlike the religious leader that just lost the faith he put so...
...Many themes exist in Night, Elie Wiesel’s nightmarish story of his Holocaust experience. From normal life in a small town to physical abuse in concentration camps, Night chronicles the journey of Wiesel’s teenage years. Neither Wiesel nor any of the Jews in Sighet could have imagined the horrors that would befall them as their lived changed under the Nazi regime. The Jews all lived peaceful, civilized lives before German occupation. Eliezer Wiesel was concerned with mysticism and his father was “more involved with the welfare of others than with that of his own kin” (4). This would change in the coming weeks, as Jews are segregated, sent to camps, and both physically and emotionally abused. These changes and abuse would dehumanize men and cause them to revert to basic instincts. Wiesel and his peers devolve from civilized human beings to savage animals during the course of Night.
Segregation from the rest of society begins the dehumanization of Sighet Jews. The first measure taken by the Hungarian Police against Jews is to label them with yellow stars. Early in Night, while life is still normal despite German occupation of their town, Wiesel explains: “Three days later, a new decree: every Jew had to wear the yellow star” (11). This decree is demoralizing to Jews because it labels them and sets them apart from the rest of Sighet’s population. Like trees marked for logging or dogs marked with owner tags, many people...
...Honors Eng II Study Guide for Test on Friday, 2/27/09
1. In what point of view was the book Night written?
A. first person B. second person C. third limited D. third omniscient
2. What did Elie Wiesel want to study at the beginning of the book?
A. beadle B. geometry C. cabbala D. Russian
3. Who helped Elie with his studies?
A. his father C. the Rabbi
B. Moshe the Beadle D. his mother
4. Which of the following was NOT a reason people didn’t believe Moshe’s tale?
A. He only wanted pity. C. He was imaginative.
B. He was mad/crazy. D. He was a known liar.
5. Where are the Jews of Sighet first taken after the Germans arrive?
A. concentration camps C. Hungarian prison
B. ghetto D. German prison
6. When the Jews of Sighet are deported, how many people are on each train car?
A. 12 B. 80 C. 100 D. 120
7. Madame Schatcher’s visions about fire are an example of what?
A. foreshadowing C. simile
B. irony D. metaphor
8. “It was like a page torn from some storybook,” is an example of what?
A. foreshadowing C. simile
B. irony D. metaphor
9. “Everywhere rooms lay open…An open tomb.” This is an example of what?
A. foreshadowing C. simile
B. irony D. metaphor
10. What age is Elie when he reaches Auschwitz?
A. almost 12 C. 18
B. almost 15 D. 21
11. What age does Elie tell the SS officer he is?
A. 13 B. 15...