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Rhetorical Devices in Night

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Justin Campbell

on 11 December 2014

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Transcript of Rhetorical Devices in Night

Rhetorical Devices in Night
By: Justin Campbell

By:Elie Wiesel
Wiesel also uses the rhetorical device of repetition when he retorts the phrase, "Never shall I..." (Wiesel 34)
This repeated phrase puts an emphasis on the night Elie arrives at Birkenau.
As the Jews were on their way to Auschwitz, a German solider told them that "if any of [you] run away, all of you will be shot like dogs." (Wiesel 22)
The German solider thinks so lowly of the Jews that he compares them to animals.
On page 8 of "Night", Wiesel describes Moishe by saying "he would drift through the synagogue through the streets, hunched over, eyes cast down, avoiding people's gaze."(Wiesel 8)
The author goes into detail about how Moishe is depressed because the Jews will not listen to him about their ultimate annihilation.
In the book, Wiesel describes the day contrary to the treacherous events that have taken place before the scene.
"It was a beautiful April day. The fragrance of spring in the air." (Wiesel 40)
Although Elie is in the horrific concentration camp, he still manages to find beauty in the nature around him.
While in the cattle cars, Mrs. Schacter, a Jewish lady Elie knew, began to scream "Look at the fire. Look at the flames." (Wiesel 25)
Mrs. Schatater is trying to warn the Jews that they will be burned in the crematorium, but they do not take heed to her warning.
Elie describes the last time he was in his town of Sighet by saying " that is where we were to wait for the last transit." (Wiesel 20)
In the passage, alliteration gives a short emphasis on Elie's last time in Sighet, Transylvania.
In chapter one of "Night", Wiesel describes his friend Moishe the Beadle as the "jack-of-all-trades" (Wiesel 1).
Wiesel compares Moishe to a handman or person with something everyone needs.

Rhetorical Questions
In the book Wiesel uses rhetorical questions when he states " Had i changed that so much then? Poor Father. Of what then did you die?" (Wiesel 23)
Elie sees that his father has lost all courage and will to fight. Elie wanders what has happened to his father, for he is weak and scary.
Wiesel eloquently describes the mass genocide of his race calling it "a race towards death." (Wiesel 26)
Usually, people do not run to death, they try to stay alive for as long as possible.
In the book, Elie sees German soliders throwing bread and fighting over it. This reminds him of the time he was on a boat, and women threw coins in a river to watch natives fight over them. (Wiesel 46)
Flash backs give prior knowledge about the reader to catch up on current events.
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