The Meaning Of Night By Elie Wiesel Essay

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The Meaning Of “Night” “Never shall I forget that night, the first night in the camp, that turned my life into one long night, seven times sealed.” (Weisel, 34). This quote from Elie Wiesel 's novel “Night.” signifies the beginning of his journey as a 15 year-old Jewish boy living throughout the Holocaust. As he goes into detail of his horrific experiences in 5 different concentration camps, he symbolizes what he has lost with his thoughts and feelings at this time. These losses left him in the darkness of a never ending night. The title of Wiesel 's novel, “Night” represents how all of the light in his life had vanished, leaving him in an inescapable darkness. Eli introduces himself as a young boy very dependent on his family as he holds a strong bond with them, but as he goes through the camps, he begins to lose them. When Elie and his father address his mother and sister, the both lie to themselves, “How we would have liked to believe that. We pretended, for what if one of us still did believe?” (Wiesel, 46). Their denial of the death of their family demonstrates how they have lost hope so they continue to lie to themselves to try and find comfort. Their denial also reveals Elie’s attempt to fill the empty void or light that his mother and sister has caused with their death. Elie goes through another loss as well with his father, but his reaction is different, “Yet at the same time a thought crept into my mind: If only I didn’t find him! If only I were relieved of this…

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