Summary Of ' Night ' By Elie Wiesel Essay

1059 Words May 12th, 2016 null Page
To survive means to continue to live, despite difficult situations. Survival, however, does not necessarily mean to live a high quality life. Night, a memoir, is written in first person by Elie Wiesel describing his memories of the Holocaust. Wiesel is separated from all his family, with the exception of his father, Shlomo and forced to grow up in concentration camps. Horrid events happen to Wiesel, events that mold him into the person he is: a survivor of the Holocaust. Wiesel is forced to give up his faith, solidarity and humanity in order to survive which is conveyed by foreshadowing, symbolism, and conflict.
Foreshadowing is an indication, or warning of a future event, not yet revealed. Wiesel has hallucinations of a fire saying,”Look! Look at this fire! This terrible fire! Have mercy on me!” (x). Wiesel unknowingly uses his hallucinations to indicate what is about to happen to many of the men, women, and children that arrive at the concentration camps. Wiesel promptly says to have mercy on him, assuming he is pleading to God, readers see that Wiesel has faith, believing that his God is capable and will come through for him. However, after Wiesel and the others are brought into the camps and forced to endure terrible things Wiesel says, ““In the beginning there was faith - which is childish; trust - which is vain; and illusion - which is dangerous” (). Wiesel has lost all faith, claiming that his previous faith was stupid, giving the excuse that he was childish and…

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