Theme Of The Holocaust In Elie Wiesel's Night

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The author of Night, Elie Wiesel, takes the readers through a journey, during a place in time no one wants to visit. The victims during the holocaust were scarred for life “Wiesel and many survived victims wish they could forget what happened, but all say “Never shall I forget” to imply the wish, yet inability to forget” (Nurick para.2). The holocaust was an anti-Semitic event that discriminated Jews as an ethnic, religious, or racial group. Jews were sent to concentration camps, and were treated brutally. The holocaust was run by the Nazi’s and had Hitler as their leader, they immediately eliminated many Jews by shootings, and many were executed because of their race and/or religion. This took place in Europe from January 30, 1933 to May 8, …show more content…
Throughout the novel, Wiesel grows emotionally when he notices his father weakening at the camps. At the beginning of Night, Wiesel was dependent of his father, “And he [the guard] began beating him [father] with an iron bar. At first, my father simply doubled over under the blows, but then he seemed to break in two like an old tree struck by lightning” (Wiesel 54). Wiesel began upset towards his father for getting beaten and not sticking up for himself, so he then taught him how to march in line, so the guards would not beat him up again. This shows the love Wiesel has for his father and how protective he is of him. Disturbing events, like the holocaust, stay alive in the victim 's minds, “Some often reenact these experiences to attain the feeling of control over a moment when they had none” (Nurick para 1). This is practiced to inhibit the magnified fear of death. For example, Wiesel was afraid of losing his father, but he promised to keep them both safe and to protect them. Wiesel did not want to be like any other Jew who left their family to keep themselves safe, he made a promise to himself and he didn’t want to break that promise. Wiesel’s actions changed utterly throughout the book. He once looked up to his father and wanted him to be the protector during the holocaust. Wiesel then saw his father was in need and decided to step up and become the protector for his …show more content…
I enjoyed reading Night, because the holocaust is a topic that many people should know about. This is a story the world needs to hear about. This book did have its challenges nonetheless, because who would want to hear about death and people in suffering? It can make you very depressed. I think opinions matter, because it gives the new reader a heads up about what the book is about, and helps them understand what they are getting into. I hope the reader uses my opinion to analyze information from the novel to agree or disagree with what I had to say about the

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