Many people look at the Holocaust in ways that are indescribable. They talk about it but do not believe that something so tragic could happen in this world. With the book Night, Elie Wiesel takes readers on a path to show them the true story of what it really was. With so many in-depth details, Wiesel describes a horrific place filled with hatred and fear that not one person could likely survive today. He describes just how the concentration camps were and how most people only wished they could die to leave all the pain and suffering they had gone through. With great use of imagery, symbolism, and repetition, Wiesel illustrated how silence became a part of every individual’s life in the Holocaust.
The silence in the book
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Another example is when Moshe the Beadle was warning the town, but everyone remained silent. When the little boy was being hanged, everyone remained silent. “At a sign from the head of the camp, the three chairs tipped over. Total silence throughout the camp. On the horizon, the sun was setting.” (71) With fear in their eyes, all the people were in silence as the watched innocent people being terrorized and killed. The fear that was in their eyes could only make people silent. Being able to be silent during this tragedy was all they could do. “Those who kept silent yesterday will remain silent tomorrow.” The fear of talking about it scared them the most. Using silence in repetition only made it much more important in the book. With the use of silence everywhere in the book it made it stand out and made it be used in so many different aspects. He used the actual word “silence” in examples such as they stood watching people die, or just watching their lives slowly coming to an end. “Never shall I forget that nocturnal silence which deprived me, for all eternity, of the desire to live.” (32) The silence could be explained by this quote, “Those who kept silent yesterday will remain silent tomorrow.” You cannot turn away from what happened and once one silent one day, it is hard not stay silent forever. Elie Wiesel did well in using silence in many different aspects.
Elie Wiesel wanted the readers to