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Night by Elie Wiesel: Book Analysis

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Evelyn Perea

on 18 December 2013

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Transcript of Night by Elie Wiesel: Book Analysis

Night by Elie Wiesel: Book Analysis
Elie Wiesel's Style, Tone, and Mood
Elie's writing style in this book is very advanced. He uses challenging vocabulary and complex sentences. He is very broad-minded and he is a critical thinker. His style is very communicative. He has a great way with words. His tone, however, is serious. His tone is rather dreary and resentful, in a way. The mood, or how you feel while reading the book, is very melancholy. It feels very dark and depressing.
Example of Tone
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"That was when I began to hate them, and my hatred remians our only link today. They were our first oppressors. They were the first faces of hell and death."

This explains the current
tone
of the story, because it does gradually change. This is Elie's opinion towards the Nazi's at that time, a feeling of hatred and disgust; A feeling of great loathing.






Example of Style
Page 21:

"The stars were but sparks of the immense conflagration that was consuming us. We're this conflagration to be extinguished one day, nothing would be left in the sky but extinct stars and unseeing eyes."

This is Elie's
style
of writing. He is very vivid with his words and he uses many analogies to get his point across. He makes even the saddest things seem just so beautiful.







Example of Mood
"But it was all in vain. Our terror could no longer be contained."



This shows how the mood of the story is rather sad and depressing. They're completely terrified and you can just feel the terror, somewhat.
Example of Tone
"His anger turned into fury. We stood stunned, petrified. Could this be a nightmare? An unimaginable nightmare?"


This could be considered an example of tone because the author is in shock. He wants to believe this is just a nightmare, a terrible dream. He doesn't want to believe it's a horrible reality. This is how he FEELS.
Example of Tone
"Was I still alive? Was I awake? How was it possible that men, women, and children were being burned and the world kept silent?"

He really just could not believe anything. He didn't this to be real. He was in complete disbelief and this is how he felt at that time. This is an example of TONE.
Example of Tone
"For the first time, I felt anger rising within me. Why should I sanctify His name? The Almighty, the eternal and terrible Master of the Universe, chose to be silent. What was there to thank him for?"

His faith was greatly shaken . He did not understand why he should praise his God when He is silent whilst all of this is going on. For this same reason, they are being burned and hated. Elie was expressing his tone towards his beliefs.
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Example of Style
"Never shall I forget the small faces of children whose bodies I saw transformed into smoke under a silent sky."
This describes the style of the author because he uses literary devices, such as imagery. He uses vivid detail to describe the atmosphere of everything to make it seem more dramatic.
Example of Tone
"Never shall I forget those moments that murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to ashes.
This describes the tone of the narrator. He is resentful and angry. Rather hopeless, too.
Example of Mood
"We were uncapable of thinking. Our senses were numbered, everything was fading into a fog. We no longer clung to anything."
This could describe the mood because it makes you feel sad. It's an empty feeling.
Example of Style
"I thought of us as damned souls wandering through the void, souls condemned to wander through space until the end of time, seeking redemption, seeking oblivion. Without any hope of either.
His style is very vivid. He's very descriptive and he explains all this sadness in such a beautiful way. Forever will they be seeking something but just never finding it.
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