Imagery Essay from the Book Night

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The Power of Imagery in Night

Imagery is a portrait that is painted in your mind, a portrait that makes you feel you are there. The Holocaust is full of disturbing and horrible images of death. Pictures of inhumanity that just make you sick looking at them. In many images you see the pale, unemotional faces whose lives were changed for eternity, and yet with these images some believe that the Holocaust did not happen. In the Holocaust there was mass genocide of over six million Jews. Also many ethnic Poles, gypsies, Soviet civilians, Soviet prisoners of war, disabled people, homosexual men, and political and religious opponents were targeted by the Nazis to be exterminated. Hitler’s ultimate goal during the Holocaust was to
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Along with this he heard other Jews reciting in Kiddish, “Yisgadal, veyiskadash, shmey raba…May His name be celebrated and sanctified” (33). This angered Elie, “Why should I sanctify His name? The Almighty, the eternal and terrible Master of the Universe, chose to be silent. What was there to thank Him for?” (33). Then, when he was steps away from the flames he found himself whispering the very words he was angered by. Now with his heart about to burst he was face-to-face with the Angel of Death. But today would not be his last, as he was ordered to turn left along with his father and head into the barracks. “One day, as we returned from work we saw three gallows…Three prisoners in chains-and, among them, the little pipel, the sad eyed angel” (64). Elie is among thousands of onlookers about to witness the hanging of two men and a helpless child. The child standing on the gallows “was pale, almost calm, but he was biting his lips as he stood in the shadows of the gallows” (64). If you were in that child’s mind and body you would feel him trembling in fear. You would hear his crying for help and his prayers to God that he does not want to die. The Lagerkapo refused to act as executioner, so three SS took his place. Two of the men used their last breath to say “Long live liberty!”, but the boy remained as silent as a mouse. Then Elie heard from behind him, “Where is the merciful God, where is He?” (64). When the three

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