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Night Themes: Hope and Survival

The book Night by Elie Wiesel is filled with many themes. Two of the themes are hope and survival.
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Thulashi Raveendran

on 5 December 2012

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Transcript of Night Themes: Hope and Survival

Night
By: Elie Wiesel Themes Presentation by: Thulashi Raveendran What might Elie Wiesel's goals have been in writing Night? He is showing how these tortures must never happen again.
He is showing how that during these rough times, we must also have hope even if it seems like that there is no hope in the world.
Also, he is showing how we should also cherish things that we love.
Ex: Juliek and his violin. What do we as readers gain from reading a book like Night?
This book shows and teaches us how readers learn that, in times of crisis, our hope starts to fade into the night.
Quote that represents hope dwindling down: Pg. 64 “Where is merciful God? Where is He?”
Also, it shows that even though we have survived and alive on the outside, the tortures kill us on the inside.
A quote to represent the survival on the outside, but not the inside: Pg. 115 “From the depths of the mirror, a corpse was contemplating me. The look in his eyes, as he gazed at me, has never left me.” How hope was dying... Pg.69 “As I swallowed my ration of soup, I turned that act into a symbol of rebellion, my protest against Him.”
Elie was feeling that hope was not with him, that God was not there for them.
Pg.76 “He just kept repeating that it was all over for him, that he could no longer fight, he had no more strength, no more faith.”
This quote shows that people who were deeply devoted were losing hope. My first theme is Hope dwindling down.
The second theme is Survival on the outside, but not the inside. How hope was dying... Pg. 81 “I have more faith in Hitler that in anyone else. He alone has kept his promises, all his promises, to the Jewish people.”
This quote shows that the hope was dying in every single on the captives.
Pg. 91 “And in spite of myself, a prayer formed inside of me, a prayer this God in whom I no longer believed.”
This shows that maybe there still was a little tiny bit of hope left in all of the Jews. Survival on the outside, but not the inside... Pg.25 “She is hallucinating because she was a thirsty, poor woman…That’s why she speaks of flames devouring her…”
They were still able to survive, even through all these torutres.
Pg.37 “The night was gone. The morning star was shining inthe sky. I too had become a completely different person. The student of the Talmud, the child that I was, had been consumed in the flames. All that was left was a shape that resembled me.”
He survived on the outside, but not the inside. Survival on the Outside, but not the inside... Pg. 87 “We were masters of nature, masters of the world. We had transcended everything-death, fatigue, our natural needs. We were stronger than cold and hunger, stronger than the guns and the desire to die, doomed and rootless, nothing but numbers, we were the only men on earth.”
This shows that even through all the bad, they survived.
Pg. 103 “We had been a hundred or so in this wagon. Twelve of us left it.”
It shows how harsh the conditions were to survive in.
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