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Songs that relate to Night by Elie Wiesel

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Kimberly Hills

on 12 December 2014

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Transcript of Songs that relate to Night by Elie Wiesel

Songs that relate to Night by Elie Wiesel
In chapter 4, Wiesel is remembering when he watched people get hanged. At this point, he feels very numb and he starts to forget the goodness of humanity. For this scene, I chose the song Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day. I chose this song because of one particular line: "My shallow heart's the only thing that's beating." I think that this line displays the numbness that Wiesel was describing very well.
In chaper 6, Juliek plays his violin as his last gift to the world. The particular piece was by Beethoven and Wiesel says that he has never heard anything so beautiful in his life. Wiesel says that "Juliek's soul had become his bow. He was playing his life. His whole being gliding over the strings." I thought that was incredibly beautiful, so I chose a piece that I feel is very sad and meaningful. I believe "Moonlight Sonata" by Beethoven fits this description.
The second song that I chose for the soundtrack is "When You Believe" by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. This song relates to a part in chapter 3 where Wiesel is wondering about whether his sister remains alive. The song talks a lot about the possibilities of miracles happening as long as you believe. He must believe that miracles can happen because it would take a miracle for his sister to still be alive. He has to keep his faith.
The first song I chose for the soundtrack is "Positively 4th street" by Bob Dylan. I chose this song for chapter one because it reminds me of when nobody would believe Moishe the Beadle when he was trying to tell them about his experiences. Wiesel used to be friends with Moishe, but then everyone started to think that Moishe was mad and Wiesel betrayed Moishe. This song talks about betrayal and how it feels to be betrayed someone who you once called a friend.
I hope you enjoyed the soundtrack that I made for "Night" by Elie Wiesel!
In chapter 8, Elie is in conflict with himself. His father is very sick, and Wiesel is unsure whether to keep caring for him, or if it would just be easier to let his father die. For this part, I chose a song called "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" by The Hollies. The song talks about how family members are not supposed to be a burden and that you should always care for them and stick together. This song represents one side of the conflict because it says "no burden is he to bear, we'll get there". This song puts Elie's exact thoughts into lyrics.
The last song in the soundtrack is "Bring Me To Life" by Evanescence. The ending of the book gave me a creepy feeling with his corpse staring back at him. I chose the song for the creepy feeling it gives, and also for the lyrics. In the beginning, it says "How can you see into my eyes like open doors? Leading you down into my core where I've become so numb." I think this describes what Wiesel was feeling perfectly.
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