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Fire theme in Night

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Renee Martin

on 27 April 2010

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Transcript of Fire theme in Night

Fire in "Night" 1) What is Elie saying about fire?

Fire = bad. 2) How does Elie regard fire in relation to the Holocaust?

-It's usually used to portray Nazi's power & cruelty
3) What is "fire" supposed to symbolize?

Oppression, hatred and hell How is fire a literary archetype?

In media, fire represents all things dark. Evil, hell, the devil. Similarly, we note the same things in "Night". TEH 3ND!!! "Jews listen to me! I can see a fire!
There are huge flames! It is a furnace!"
-Madama Schachter

This quote is important not only because
she is foreshadowing, but also she seems
to see the future, yet her halucinations are
swept under the rug. "In front of us flames. In the air that smell of burning flesh. It must have been about midnight. We had arrived - at Birkenau, reception center for Auschwitz."

Elie says this after the cattlecar ride stuck in the cart with Madama Schanter. However, this time the flames weren't just an illusion, the flames were actually those of humans burning. "Never shall I forget those flames which consumed my faith forever."

The power and emotion in this quote is overflowing. Elie talks about all the horrors he's witnessed and claims to never forget a single detail about the hell he went through. In this quote, the fire is destructing his faith which is crucial, due to the fact that religion was such an anchor in his life not long before.
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