Essay on Silence, By Elie Wiesel

1128 Words Jun 28th, 2015 5 Pages
Scientifically, silence is no more than merely a lack of sound. An environment and all it possesses are delicately harmonic, radiating a simply serene aura. On the other hand, silence is much more complicated as it impacts human expression and stability. When one is forced into silence, there can be evidence of imprisonment, torment, and intellectual change. In Night written by Elie Wiesel, the story of his experience during the Holocaust, silence is given an entirely new definition. Wiesel enters two concentration camps with ignorance, but he survives with varying levels of pain and fear that cause an internal hush. This proves to be true for others around him as well. After Elie Wiesel goes through a traumatic, life-changing struggle and sees the same happen to most of the inmates in the concentration camps, a truism that he could believe is that pain, in its most extreme forms, has the ability to create an unshakable silence. Wiesel 's varying levels of pain and despair cause him the same kind of uniform, expression restraints. Despite a sensitizing arrival at the first concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, and the excruciating loss of his mother and younger sister, Elie is not struck with his first truly silencing pain until a short time afterwards. Elie and his father are forced into a small room with other inmates when Elie 's father is struck abruptly with colic; because of this he walks up to a gypsy that is watching over them and asks if he can use the…

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