A Comparison Of Night By Elie Wiesus And Night

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“‘The Jews are undoubtably a race, but they are not human.’ Adolf Hitler.” (Spiegelman 10) In grade 10 Canadian History, one of the topics students cover is the Holocaust. In the 2015-2016 grade 10 challenge class at L.C.V.I. students studied both MAUS and Night. Both MAUS and Night show the stories of Holocaust survivors, however, the protagonist in MAUS becomes a Nazi prisoner earlier during World War Two than the protagonist in Night. Both of these books can be used to teach students about the Holocaust, however, they are different books in a variety of ways. Night, by Elie Wiesel is a more effective book for a teaching Grade 10 class about the Holocaust than MAUS by Art Spiegelman because of the uses of timelines, details, and emotional …show more content…
The emotional connections in turn help the students understand the events in the story making Night more effective.Night describes horrible scenes with details that help the reader understand how the characters are feeling “A truck drew close and unloaded its hold: small children. Babies! Yes, I did see this, with my own eyes ... children thrown into the flames.” (Wiesel 32) By using details Night helps the reader emphasize with them and form an emotional connection with Elie. The American Press Institute says, “A good story offers detail the reader can use to make his or her own judgments and, perhaps, forge an emotional connection with a character.” (Dean) Creating characters that the reader can connect with in the context of a Holocaust story is important because it helps the reader understand the emotions of the Jewish prisoners. So, by reading a book that allows for greater personal connections it will benefit the students as they can understand the events more deeply. In MAUS a scene is shown where Vladek finds the body of a soldier that he …show more content…
Night only follows one timeline, making it easier to understand and follow, whereas, MAUS uses two different timelines making the story harder to understand. Night uses descriptive language to help readers visualize the story, while MAUS does not. Night creates better emotional connections between the characters and the reader then MAUS. In future grade 10 classes Night should be used to teach students about the Holocaust over MAUS. If both are taught more time should be devoted to Night because it has more value in educating students about the

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