Compare And Contrast Frank And Elie Wiesel

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The Holocaust survivor, Viktor E. Frankl said “when we are no longer able to change a situation we are challenged to change ourselves.” While in the Holocaust, Frank was faced to change himself and his perspective because of the trauma he faced at the camp. Viktor E. Frankl is similar to Elie Wiesel because they were holocaust survivors, and their lives and views were changed along with the mood of the story, while in the concentration camp. In Elie Wiesel’s memoir Night the mood shifts from optimistic to frightening to bleak through Wiesel’s explicit narration of the events in the novel and the use of alliteration. In the beginning of the novel, the Jews of Sighet are under the impression that the Germans were friendly and respectable. They …show more content…
Both he and his father were separated from his mother and sisters. When he arrives he hears stories from the fellow prisoners about the crematory. Eliezer and his father are placed in the same group, which they are informed is the one destined for the crematory. Wiesel explains the crematory and its horrors when he says “Not far from us, flames, huge flames, were rising from a ditch. Something was being burned there. 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 the literary device, alliteration, Elie portrays the frightening mood. He used alliteration to emphasize the group of words “far from us, flames, huge flames” and provide insight into his words. The setting of the mood is frightening because innocent children were being burned in a pit of fire. The turning point for the novel is when Wiesel and his father witnessed the babies being thrown into the flames. Wiesel has never seen anything so gruesome in his life. Wiesel never imagined that innocent babies would be mindlessly murdered. Through Elie’s dialogue, readers can tell that his is disgusted and scared that the Germans were killing innocent children that haven’t even had a chance to live their lives, or experience anything at all. In the concentration camps, the German soldiers were obligated to kill those that were seen as unfit for manual labor. As a result, millions of babies, children, and elders were killed in the gas chambers and the crematory shortly after they came to the camps. Some were told to take showers so that they could freshen up, while others were thrown into pits of fire. Through the use of alliteration, Elie portrayed the frightening mood while talking about the horrors of the

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