Essay on Analysis Of Elie Wiesel 's Night
Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor and author of Night, once said, “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” Wiesel, throughout his memoir Night, narrates his experience as a young Jewish boy during the Holocaust. He delves into how the captured Jews are enslaved in concentration camps and faced with the absolute worst forms of torture and abuse. In Night, Wiesel explores how the complete absence of social justice leads to mutations in a person’s character and morality. Using character, plot, and symbolism, Wiesel warns the reader that lack of justice can lead to grave outcomes.
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Wiesel uses characters to portray and develop the theme of justice in his memoir. When the memoir begins, Elie is essentially a child – very innocent, very pure. Within months, though, Elie loses much of his family and witnesses the atrocities of the concentration camps. This is evident when he says, “I pinched myself: Was I still alive? Was I awake? How was it possible that men, women, and children were being burned and that the world kept silent? No. All this would not be real. A nightmare perhaps...” (Wiesel 32). Despite actually witnessing it with his own eyes, the violence is so extreme that Elie struggles to believe it could possibly be real. So much of what he sees is incomprehensible. Elie confronts the worst in humanity. Being placed in such situations opens his eyes to the dangers…