Language In Night, Night And Night By Livie Wiesel

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Language is more than a method of purely transferring interpretation; it can also transfer emotion. Whereas voice involves cadence, body assertion, and even facial articulation, the words written on a page are compelled to demonstrate more than just what is being told through a series of other strategies and manners usually implanted in the writer’s voice. Both the memoirs I Have Lived a Thousand Years by Livia Bitton-Jackson, and Night by Elie Wiesel, transfer the nature of oppression through certain methods of voice, particularly syntax and tone.
In the first memoir, Night, the historical backdrop involves the Nazi Party persecuting Jews within Germany in the mid 1940’s, where Elie, a young jewish boy, was sent to concentration camps due
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Seven times cursed and seven times sealed… Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God, and my soul and turn my dreams into dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God himself, never.” (Wiesel 34). The plot is variant but this quote embodies the life the book, the narrator is talking to himself and meditates on the impact of what he saying; the narrator’s use of syntax and tone animates the oppressive essence of the horrors as Elie’s past is lost in an instant by the imprisonment of Jews in the Holocaust. The brief sentence, “Never shall I forget,” attempts to lure the reader’s attention to the never forgetting moment and setting of when Jews were imprisoned during the holocaust. Thus, this brief sentence expresses the drama of the sudden, brief, moment, that changes everything for the main character, Elie. The use of the comma, combined the periodic sentence with a second sentence, only magnifies the loss endured by Jews from Nazi soldiers, since “camp...never” is the main point, that endures Elie’s past. Finally, the tone of this quote reveals a feeling of commemoration and reminisce since Elie envisions that through the loss of his family, god, and dreams, is lost to the “repetition of a few words.” It is as if the words ”camp” and “never” internalizing Elie’s past, and thus immortal. Hence, Elie is doomed to the present reminisced in the position of oppression which is mirrored in both the syntax and

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