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Loss Of Innocence

Presentation based on the book Night by Elie Wisel, explaining how the tests relate to the loss of innocence.
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Maham Kaleem

on 10 December 2012

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Loss Of Innocence Night Say what? Father Hanging The loss of innocence plays a huge part in Night. The book shows many texts where not only the main character Elie, but others, including adults are losing their innocence. Defenseless As we get into the middle of the book things get more tense. Elie goes back to the warehouse after being told not to, in order to look for leftover food. He ends up finding Idek with a polish girl, and is punished with twenty-five whips on his back. He is abused, and defenseless. He loses innocence in this scene because he can no longer depend on his father to save him, nor can he defend himself. He is trapped.

"I felt the sweat run down my back...Then I was aware of nothing but the strokes of whip" (pg55) Concentration Camp As the people arrive at the camp site, they are shocked at what they see. Especially the children, because they have never been exposed to this kind of cruelty.
This is also a huge part in the losing of innocence that Elie experiences because in his mind he could never believe that people could do such horrific things. (pg30)

"I pinched my face. Was I still alive? Was I awake?" The Train Elie and the other Jews lose a part of their innocence when they are put on the train to go to the camps. The community did not think it would come to this point and they had hope. However, when they were forced into the trains they lost the hope and did not know what to look expect. (pg 21-26) Continuing with the story. Soon after being grouped with his father, Elie witnesses something not many children do. He watches as a people, children, and babies being thrown into the crematorium and burn to death. Elie goes into shock at how low humanity can be and has a hard time since his perspective on world starts to change.

"How could it be possible for them to burn people, children, and for the world to keep silent?" (pg30)
Elie watches his father get hit for asking a simple question and is not able to do anything. He is shocked and confused on how his attitude has changed.

"I did not move. What happened to me? My father had just been struck, before my very eyes, and I had not flickered and eyelid." (pg36) Being a witness of all the horror. Elie is questioning god and religion, which not many children his age do. He is watching a child be hanged. The thought haunts his mind, and he looses more of his childlike thoughts.

"That night the soup tasted of corpses" (pg 62) Ashes Care Near the end of the book, Elies father gets sick. The usual dynamic between parents and children is that when a child is sick the parents take care of then. But in this case Elie tries to take on the parents job, and has a hard time dealing with it because others are treating his father badly. He starts to feel as if his father is a burden.

"Its too late to save your old father, I said to myself" (pg105) Death As the last string of innocence is lost, Elie watches his father call out his name in desperation, and he does not help. He goes to sleep fully aware of how serious his fathers condition is, and wakes up finding out that he is dead. He is sad about the death, but is burnt out of tears. His innocence is lost, and he is fully independent now.

"I did not weep, and it pained me that I could not weep. But I had no more tears."
(pg 106) Maham Kaleem , Dana Attalla , Brianne Bracci Presentation by -
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