Characterization And Theme Of ' Night ' By Elie Wiesel Essay
Characterization and Theme Essay
Popular radical feminist Audre Lorde once said, “I write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified, because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves. We 've been taught that silence would save us, but it won 't.” Lorde never stopped being an activist though she had every reason to be silenced. These reasons included being black, female, and gay. This quote can be applied directly to “Night”, a memoir by Elie Wiesel at the time of the Holocaust. Unlike Lorde, who spoke out to make a difference, Elie and the other Jews of Sighet stayed silent to their oppressors and were therefore effectively opressed. The traumatic experience of the Holocaust left in Wiesel’s mind could have been prevented if he and the other Jews had not stayed silent and instead rebelled against their oppressors. Like the women discussed in Lorde’s quote, the Jews had been taught that silence would save them when in reality, it would only hurt them. It becomes quite clear that, following the events of Elie’s personal experience in “Night”, it is revealed by Elie’s character that silence halts change.
First, Elie’s thoughts reveal that silence halts change. This is portrayed when Elie thought, “I no longer believed that he could still elude death” (108). Elie’s father, Shlomo Wiesel, was growing very ill and began to accept the coming of his inevitable death. Elie was…