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Night by Elie Wiesel

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Transcript of Night by Elie Wiesel

Night by Elie Wiesel
Resilience and Triumph
"On my return from the bread distribution, I found
my father crying like a child: "My son, they are
beating me!" (pg.109) This quote shows suffering of an innocent human. Even though Elie had to watch his father get beat and get beat himself, he stayed quite and endured the pain because he knew he would receive a reward: like freedom.
"Over there. Do you see the chimney over there? Do you see it? And the flames, do you see them? ( Yes, we saw the flames.) "Over there, that's where they will take you. Over there will be your grave. (pg.30-31) This quote describes how at first, Eli never thought he'd be able to survive, but he made sure that he was ready for the day to come, if it ever did, which never came.
Night by Elie Wiesel is a memoir of his experience at a concentration during the Holocaust. This book describes all the events that he went through and suffered. Most of them we could never possibly imagine. The book Night by Elie Wiesel is about himself, a Jewish
man who lived through the
Holocaust but suffered greatly
during the Holocaust.

Suffering of an Innocent Human
"Hunger was tormenting is; we had not eaten for nearly six days except for a few stalks of grass and some potato peels found on the ground of the kitchens." (pg.114-115) This quote proves to us that food was a real problem at that time and they had no choice to be picky and to eat whatever they could get their hands on.
"Not far from us, flames, huge flames, were rising from a ditch. Something was being burned there. A truck drew close and unloaded its hold: small children. Babies! Yes, I did see this with my own eyes..." (pg.32) This quote here shows us that mean people weren't afraid to do anything and that their death could be any second of any day, so really they should just enjoy what they had left, which was their life.
Suffering of an Innocent Human
Suffering of an Innocent Human
"Anyone who still owns gold, silver or watches must hand them over now. Anyone who will be found to have kept any of there will be shot on the spot. (pg24) This quote demonstrates who everything at that time was unfair. Why did innocent people like Eli have to give up his possessions just because someone told them to? The reason that they actually obeyed them was because the would like to stay alive and not be killed on the spot for disobeying them.
Resilience and Triumph
"Confidence soared. Suddenly we felt free of the previous nights' terror. We gave thanks to God." (pg. 27) This quote shows us how the Jews continued to pray to God and God did them a favor and answered their prayers and gave them a day without nightmares chasing them alive.
"God knows what I would have given to be able to sleep a few moments. But deep inside, I knew to sleep meant to die. And something in me rebelled against that death. (pg.89) This quote shows us truly how determined Eli is when nothing in his life is easy. He will to anything to stay alive, even if it meant for him to suffer a bit and give up something that he needed but couldn't have at the time.
"We must do something. We can't let them kill us like that, like cattle in the slaughter house. We must revolt." (pg.31) This quote demonstrates how determined Eli is to survive through this living nightmare that he is currently stuck through. He knows that he doesn't want his like to end here and like a cattle in a slaughterhouse: without any power to defend himself.
Resilience and Triumph
"My father's presence was the only thing that stopped me. He was running next to me, out of breath, out of strength, desperate. I had no right to let myself die. What would he do without me? I was his sole support" (pg 86-87) This quote really touched me. It shows a lot about Eli's personality and who he is. Even though he wanted to die or had thought about it, he knows that he can't and he needs to push through it just for his dad because his dad's always been there for his and now it's his time to be there for him.
In conclusion, Night by Elie Wiesel really
hit me hard. It made me realize how my life is great and that I should appreciate it because it can get taken away at any second like Eli's did. The main lesson that this book taught me was that the harder things get, the tougher you have to be. (Resilience and Triumph & Suffering of an Innocent Human). Eli faced death, his biggest fear and suffering that he didn't even deserve. He never backed down from his fear of death, pain of starvation because even though he was greatly afraid of it, he knew his life meant more to him. It made me realize that to reach your dreams or just simply your goals, you have to stay strong no matter which way things turn out. Nothing is impossible if you believe in yourself and don't back down from the challenges along the way.
About the author
Elie Wiesel was just a teenager himself, when he and him family were sent off to a concentration camp during the Holocaust. Throughout his experience, Elie faced his greatest fears, pain, suffering physically and mentally, starvation and most importantly death. Throughout his journey, living in his nightmare, Elie conquers something not many can do: surviving. Day after day of been beaten and suffering from all kinds of conditions, he manages to always stay strong and believing in that he can survive even when his mind thinks he can't. This memoir will break many hearts but it will also teach us a lesson to be grateful for what we have.
Resilience and Triumph
"God knows what I would have given to be able to sleep for a few moments. But deep inside, I knew to sleep meant to die. And something in me rebelled against that death." (pg. 89) As you can see, Eli would do anything to stay alive, even if it meant for him to stay awake all the time and not sleep. He took his life seriously and he knew that he couldn't and didn't want to lose it that simply. Even if it meant for pain, suffering and tormenting, Eli would do anything to keep his life. Us kids these days don't realize how grateful and lucky we are.
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