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Kristin Giron

on 16 October 2013

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Transcript of Night

The book today sells 25,000 copies a month
written by elie wiesel
won nobel prize
Elie's life
Born in Sighet
life revolved around family, religious study and community
part of a trilogy:
a word, character, object, image, metaphor or idea that recurs and usually bears an important relationship to the theme of the work
Night - the word and imagery associated with nighttime recur throughout the memoir.

Eyes - Considered the windows to the soul, eyes are Wiesel's device for characterizing the personality and emotional health of those he encounters.
self preservation vs. family commitment
Dignity in the face of human cruelty
Struggle to maintain faith
Emotional death

"From the depths of the mirror,
a corpse gazed back at me." Elie

Physical survival in the memoir
does not indicate one has avoided
Sighet was invaded by German troops in 1944 and Elie's family (father and mother and three sisters) were deported to the concentration camp
Trilogy discusses the aftermath of
the Holocaust and the struggle
to survive even after liberation
deals with his life in Auschwitz as a young boy
book is a memoir - an author's true
account of an event in his life
now part of Romania
The responsibility
to one's self is instinctual
and can conflict with
one's responsibility
to others.
Wiesel illustrates this
through the changing
relationships between sons and
Moments of compassion (kind guards) and continued observances of religion ( Jewish holidays) may seem insignificant compared to the acts of indignity heaped upon the prisoners in camp. But these expressions of goodness enabled the prisoners to sustain a sense of dignity.
Daily presence of death and
the terror of selection force the
issue of faith on the once-devout
Elie and on all the prisoners victimized
because they are Jews.
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