Night Essay

1078 Words Dec 14th, 2013 5 Pages
In his book Night, Elie Wiesel uses tone to express the many hardships that the Jews were forced to face during the Holocaust. He also cleverly used it throughout the story to express the strength of a father/son bond even in the face of hardship. The narrator's love for his father was, at times, the only reason he had to keep up the constant struggle to live. "The idea of dying, of ceasing to be, began to fascinate me. To no longer exist. To no longer feel the excruciating pain of my foot" (Wiesel, 86). In this quote, Wiesel is setting up a tone of surrender, of hopelessness. And the Jewish people don’t want to believe what’s in front of them. “She’s mad, poor soul…” this quote shows how they knew Madame Schächter wasn’t talking about a …show more content…
The language Elie uses in his memoir. “Our terror was about to burst the side of the train.” There was so much fear and so much emotion that if anymore built up then there wouldn’t be any more room for anything else. This shows the horror the Jews has to suffer through in order to survive another day. With this use of language he is able to effectively display the emotions of his hardship. Wiesel also employed foreshadowing; he employs it often. That suspense leads to the horror and fascination of the reader as they wait for the foreshadowed event to occur. One prime example of foreshadowing occurs when it’s stated, “(Poor Father! Of what then did you die?).” This assertion informs the reader that Elie’s father will in fact die. The details are withheld from the reader in regards to when, where and how he dies. This adds a note of sick fascination on the part of the reader. The need to know the answers, as to when, where, and how, becomes fanatical as the book continues and the author and his father repeatedly escape death. When the death finally takes place the story climaxes. Foreshadowing was also used when Madame Schächter said, “look at the fire! Flames, flames everywhere…” this wasn’t used just to say that was going to be fires everywhere but to say that there was going to be death everywhere. Fire in this memoir represents death. Thus, the use of foreshadowing helps Elie to

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