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Night

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Cynthia Ramos

on 27 April 2010

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Double click anywhere & add an idea "Night. No one prayed, so that the night
would pass quickly. 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." (p 18) In this passage, night is a
symbol of emptiness. When
night falls, hope is lost. The
stars are the only thing keeping
the night from overtaking the
Jewish people. "Some of the men pressed
up against the bars. There
was nothing there. Only
darkness." (p 22) This is a metaphor for darkness.
When Madame Schachter is screaming
about fire, it worries the people. When
they look, there is only the unknown all
around them. "Never shall I forget that night. The first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed." (p 32) The terror and uncertainty that
the people in this story feel, especially
when it is night, has stayed with the
author his whole life. #2: Fear symbolizes uncertainty and fear for the people who are taken to these concentration camps. #3: Night is darkness. Dark colors
generally are more serious or fearful, and this topic is one that contains many events that the readers consider very frightening. This can be compared with night as a symbol of uncertainty and fear. The people in this book live their lives never knowing when it will end. #4: Night is the time when the
Jewish people can reflect on what
has happened to them and really
take in what is going on. For this
reason, it becomes one of the most
fearful times for the people. #5: The book questions faith. The Jewish people considered their time at the concentration camp to be a trial given to them by their god. While they may not understand why God does what he does, they accept it as best they can. In this way, the story compares with the theme where Moshe talks about finding the #4: The people who went through the experiences
of the Holocaust live every day not knowing what will
happen to them in the same uncertainty that night
symbolizes. At points in the story, the author even questions
his own faith which becomes shaky. The whole story is a question.
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