Frightening Experience In Night By Elie Wiesel

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Life is full of shocking experiences. A death of a family member, a loss of a friendship, or even something that happens within oneself, like a mental breakdown. These all shape us into the people we are and who we will become. In the book Night, by Elie Wiesel, Elie, or Eliezer, explains his traumatic experience of living in a concentration camp. During this horrible time, Eliezer and his father are separated from his mother and sisters, and are forced to work hard for long hours. They are tired, hungry, and weak. The fear of losing each other kept them going. Eliezer realizes that his meaning was to write the book and show others what he had been through. Things we go through in life could cause us damage, the horrifying experiences Eliezer …show more content…
Schächter being beaten because of her breakdown. He claimed that “it was as though madness had infected all of us.” (Wiesel, 26). The anger that flooded through everyone on the train was horrifying. He took pity on her mental state, others did the opposite and became annoyed with her repeated cries. He began to fear for her and was finally aware of how cruel people could be. Neighbors, friends, brothers, and sisters all teaming up on each other because of fear. This was the small jump before the leap in the amount of cruelty he will see and go through. Finally, once Eliezer, his father, and their Jewish neighbors arrive at Auschwitz, they are taken out of the suffocating cattle cars. Then they were sorted by gender, leaving Elie’s mother and younger sister, Tzipora, to be murdered in the crematoria. Elie remembers this horrible day and sets the image perfectly in the reader's head “... that was the moment when I left my mother. There was no time to think, and I already felt my father’s hand press against mine: we were alone. In a fraction of a second I could see my mother, my sisters, move to the right. Tzipora was holding Mother’s hand. I saw them walking farther and farther away; Mother was stroking my sister’s blond hair, as if to protect her.” (Elie, 29). He and his father felt alone, helpless, and hopeless. They didn’t know what would happen which scared them most. This …show more content…
He was less sympathetic, more cold. It is extremely hard to lose the last relative you have with you. Still, Elie didn’t shed a tear, he reflects on this day: “I woke up at dawn on January 29. On my father’s cot there lay another sick person. They must have taken him away before day-break and taken to the crematorium. Perhaps he was still breathing… No prayers were said over his tomb. No candle lit in his memory. His last word had been my name. He had called out to me and I had not answered. I did not weep, and it pained me that I could not weep. But I was out of tears. And deep inside me, if I could have searched the recesses of my feeble conscience, I might have found something like: Free at last!” (Elie, 112) Although this depressing moment brought tears to many readers eye’s, Elie, who actually lived through it, was too broken to even cry. Although the concentration camps shaped him as a human being, it also hurt and crumbled

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