Essay on Night And Silence By Elie Wiesel

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In the novel Night, Elie Wiesel uses the recurring themes of night and silence to reinforce the ideas represented by the characters and scenes of the text. Throughout his writing, Wiesel connects the terrifying scenes of the Holocaust using these themes. In doing so, he is easily able to communicate the torture, terror and emptiness that each of the Holocaust victims endured. Wiesel uses his writing to sample the void that filled him and his fellow Jews: the loss of faith, identity and life are inherent ideas that embody this void. Wiesel constructs a web of scenes from his experiences during the Holocaust, connected to each other by the two main elements of the text; night and silence.
“My father was crying. It was the first time I saw him cry. I had never thought it possible. As for my mother, she was walking, her face a mask, without a word, deep in thought. I looked at my little sister, Tzipora, her blond hair neatly combed, her red coat over her arm: a little girl of seven.” (Wiesel, 19). This quote is derived from the evacuation of Jews from the large ghetto to the small ghetto. At this point in the text, Wiesel and the Jews of Sighet were still unable to face the reality of the situation. and had not yet witnessed the brutality of the Nazi campaign. This quotation represents the shift from denial, to realisation. Wiesel’s father is an important man in the community, it is part of his job to mask his feelings. “My father was a cultured man, rather…

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