elie wiesel night

elie wiesel night - of the book that Wiesel gave up on the...

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I found Elie Wiesels Night to be a very honest depiction of what life was like in a concentration camp. It was very realistic in showing how the events of the holocaust would be a major contradiction to ones faith and how you can overcome the discrepancies. I found it very powerful how he describes to the reader what it would feel like to go to bed every night without knowing that you would wake up in the morning, that every moment of your life could be a continuous state of darkness. I noticed that a major theme throughout the book was a state of ambiguity. The ambiguity between night and day as well as the disintegration of social relationships between father/son, friends and foes, but more importantly a loss of innocence. A major theme for Wiesel was the loss of his father/son relationship, the demise of his father as the authority figure and him having to learn to take over the role as the caretaker. It is apparent throughout the course
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Unformatted text preview: of the book that Wiesel gave up on the original roles of father/son and became more of a resentful caretaker in which he eventually became very ashamed of. HE describes wanting to get rid of the dead weight of his father so that he could focus primarily on his own survival instead. He is very efficient at describing what a hard process this was for him. As well as many of the underlying themes of the book he did a very good job as vividly depicting the atrocities that occurred within the concentration camps, for example the part when he describes all of the young children being thrown in the firepit or how children don’t even mourn the loss of their parents because death has become such a routine part of everyday life. Overall I enjoyed reading Elie Wiesles book because it was an honest portrayal of human instinct and loss of innocence....
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course REL 232 taught by Professor Kraus during the Spring '07 term at Wheaton MA.

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