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Figurative Language in Night
Transcript of Figurative Language in Night
pg. 20-21 Night, Elie Wiesel Metaphor "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."
pg.30 Night, Elie Wiesel. Metaphor "That night the soup tasted of corpses."
pg.72 Night, Elie Wiesel Simile "The snow was like a carpet, very gentle, very warm."
pg. 94 Night, Elie Wiesel Personification "We were not afraid., And yet, if a bomb had fallen on the blocks, it alone would have claimed hundreds of victims on the spot."
pg. 67 Night, Elie Wiesel Symbolism Foreshadowing "'The fire! The furnace! Look, over there!...' yells Madame Schachter."
pg 36. Night, Elie Wiesel Irony "I learned after the war the fate of those who had stayed behind in the hospital. They were quite simply liberated by the Russians two days after the evacuation"
pg. 88 Night, Elie Wiesel "Night"
Cover, Night, Elie Wiesel The title, itself, is in fact an example of symbolism. Not only is the title for all of the last nights he experienced (the last night in Buna, the last night with his father, etc.), but it also symbolizes death. It represents the death of innocence, childhood, faith, and millions of people. Above is an example of foreshadowing. Madame Schachter in her delirious state sees fire and a furnace. They all believe her to be mad; however, at Auschwitz many met their end at the burning fiery furnace. The above is a fine example of irony. The situation is ironic because Elie and his father chose to be evacuated with the others with the idea that it would put them on the road to freedom. His father died and Elie was not evacuated until three months later. Had they both stayed, they would have both been
freed just two days later. The aforementioned is an example of personification. A bomb (an inanimate object) is said to be able to claim (a human characteristic) hundreds of victims. This is a precedent of a metaphor because it states that the soup tasted of corpses when it did not literally contain any corpses. "Physically, he was as awkward as a clown."
pg 13 Night, Elie Wiesel This is a simile comparing Moche the Beadle to a clown using as. The above text is ironic because his father thought the yellow stars were nothing to fear when in fact they brought many prohibitions that led to the ghettos, concentration camps, and eventually his and millions of others' deaths. This snippet from Night is a simile that compares snow to a gentle. warm carpet. This metaphor compares the stars to sparks of the fire which devoured them without using like or as. Are the stars really sparks of the fire that devoured them? No. That is why this is figurative language. Thanks for examining Night with me.
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