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"Night by Elie Wiesel" "Paper"
Transcript of "Night by Elie Wiesel" "Paper"
13 Million Jews Chapter 1: Moishe the Beatle Chapter 2: The Train Ride &Mrs. Schachter Chapter 3: Night Chapter 4: "Where is God?" Chapter 5: Evacuation Chapter 6: "An Eerily Poignant Little Corpse" The Rhetoric The rise of this man and the Nazi party n. The deliberate killing of a large group of people, esp.
those of a particular ethnic group or nation. The Trains Then Reliving the Horror:
Understanding Elie Wiesel's Intentions for Night
By: Sierra Yount
For: Honors English 2
With: S. Westbrook Historical Context Night is an autobiographical account of a recolection of the Holocaust through the eyes of survivor, and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Elie Wiesel. He takes his readers with him from his home and beyond. After reading this book, readers will have a deeper understanding of the Holocaust. caused by Racism, Fear, and Insecurity The Holocaust was an epic nightmare characterized by: Fear Evil and Death. Chapter 7: "The Contagion" Chapter 8: "Free at last...." Chapter 9: The Mirror and the Corpse Elie Wiesel's most obvious AUDIENCE is posterity, anyone who did not experience the Holocaust and therefore need to know what it was like for those who lived it. His second audience is the survivors who experienced but have shifted it to the depths of their mind in order to stay sane. His least obvious audience, himself, is trying to find forgiveness for the blame he placed on his (F)father and to find understanding in why all this happened and why he hadn't gone insane. This SUBJECT focuses on one young man's experiences of the Holocaust. His experiences ultimately become everyone's experiences. He explains his emotions and reactions to the Holocaust as he takes his readers through these experiences. Readers of Night can interpret that the central idea throughout this book is that of Wiesel attempting to forgive not only his father but himself as well for all that had happened to them. With three general audiences Elie Wiesel's purpose as WRITER is threefold, as he is specific to each audience. Posterity, everyone who never experienced it, must be sensitized to it in order to prevent it from ever happening again. Mrs. Schachter’s cries of fire foretell the doomed fate of all that are in the cart with her. Most did not want to admit their fears that the unseen fire that Mrs. Schacter screamed of could possibly be their fate. As Wiesel writes himself, their “eyes [would be] opened. Too late” (23) to the truth behind the Germans. In Birkenau, they would begin the process of blaming themselves for not heeding the warnings of both Mrs. Schachter and Moishe the Beadle. In this chapter, Elie Wiesel learns of the true horror that is the Holocaust. “For the first time, I felt anger rising within me. Why should I sanctify His name? The Almighty, the eternal and terrible Master of the Universe, chose to be silent. What was there to thank Him for?” This is when Wiesel first doubts his Father and blames Him for what has happened. Looking back Wiesel realizes what he feels that he could have done differently. “What happened to me? My father had just been struck, in front of me, and I had not even blinked. I had watched and kept silent. Only yesterday, I would have dug my nails into this criminal’s flesh. Had I changed that much? So fast? Remorse began to gnaw at me. All I could think was: I shall never forgive them for this.” (39) Wiesel regrets not being able to do anything about his father getting struck for fear of being struck himself. His fear, like so many others, has overpowered all other emotions. When Elie Wiesel is first put to work in one of the Kommandos, he quickly becomes friends with two brothers from Czechoslovakia. “They lived for each other, body and soul.” (50) The boys reminded me so much of Wiesel and his relationship with his father. What I mean by this is Wiesel lives for his father much like each brother lives for the other. Through everything that happens, there is no separating one from the other. During one of the alerts, there were two full caldrons of hot soup left out for all of the Jews and SS to see from there blocks because the Jews were told if anyone was seen outside of their block, they would be shot. “Fear was greater than hunger.” (59) This reason is why everyone –including the SS - watched in disbelief as one man “the one who had dared,” (59)“[committed] suicide for a ration or two more of soup.” (59) Just when he was “looking for his ghostly reflection” in the soup, when everyone thought that he had succeeded, one of the SS shot him and he fell to the ground “his face still stained by the soup.” (59) Wiesel says this to mean, in my opinion, that just when they thought there was hope for them yet, just when they began to live again, the SS shot their hopes down and there was death yet again. In the Jewish faith, people are supposed to fast during Yom Kippur. However, “in this place, [they] were always fasting. It was Yom Kippur year-round.”(69) So Wiesel and his father, along with many others, did not fast during this time. Wiesel did not see the reason for fasting or praising His name at the time for He had “[allowed] them to be tortured, slaughtered, gassed, and burned. . . [while] They [praised] Your name!” (68)