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Night by Elie Wiesel

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Tyler Zeff

on 12 December 2012

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Transcript of Night by Elie Wiesel

Night by Elie Wiesel Tyler Zeff Characters Themes Symbols Quotes Settings The narrator starts the book in 1941 at the age of 12 as a young Jewish boy named Eliezer in Sighet. He lives in a very orthodox Jewish home, with a big Jewish community as well as many other religions. He was in the middle of studying the Torah when World War II reached his door step. Eliezer - The narrator of Night and the stand-in for the memoir’s author, Elie Wiesel. Shlomo – the father of Eliezer, he is with him through out almost the whole concentration camp.
Moshe the Beadle - Eliezer’s teacher of Jewish mysticism Hilda - Eliezer’s oldest sister.
Béa - Eliezer’s middle sister.
Tzipora - Eliezer’s youngest sister. Dr. Josef Mengele – “the angel of death” decided the fate of almost every person coming through the camps.
Idek - Eliezer’s Kapo Fire
Symbolized the Nazis cruel power.
Night
Darkness and night symbolize a world without god through out the book.
When ever the worst of the worst happened or began, it was when night fall. “To forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time.”
"Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, that turned my life into one long night seven times sealed. Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the small faces of the children whose bodies I saw transformed into smoke under the silent night. Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith forever. Never shall I forget those nocturnal silence that deprived me for all eternity of the desire to live. Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never." Plot Over View A young Jewish boy named Eliezer who is torn from his home and family during World War II. He first learns the truth about World War II and the Holocaust through his teacher, Moshe the Beadle. Moshe gets deported along with any other foreign Jews. While the town began to forget about these people, Moshe came back and tells Eliezer all about the brutal killings and torture of the people that got sent away, luckily he escaped. Yet no one believed Moshe, until German police invade their homes, forcing them to live in “ghettos” and be cut off from life it self.
Soon they all were tossed into train cars and the real torture was beginning. They all were being sent to Auschwitz. While along with many other families when reaching the gates of Auschwitz, Eliezer and his family were separated by “selections”, he and his father were separated from his mother and sisters, never to be seen again. From then on the book goes on to describe Eliezer’s horrific life through out the concentration camps for the next year until April 11, 1945, liberation day. This book would appeal to people who are interested in history, World War II, or just want a good read. I do recommend this book because its a great history lesson without actually being a boring histoy book, it gives you depth and can give you insight on what all of those millions of people went through. Read this book! Eliezer struggles to maintain faith.
His faith starts out as a product of his studies. But by the cruelty and evil he sees during his times in the camps, he began questioning it all.
Inhumanity
The Nazis
Cruelty breeds cruelty
Incomprehensible for humans to slaughter millions of innocent humans.
Silence
Eliezer is questioning god's silence during the loss of all these innocent lives.
Also the silence of the prisoners. It is very much implied through out the book that silence and passivity is what allowed the holocaust to keep going on for so long.
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