The Writing Style of Elie Wiesel Essay

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The Writing Style of Elie Wiesel In the memoir Night, Elie Wiesel uses a distinct writing style to relate to his readers what emotions he experienced and how he changed while in the concentration camps of Buna, during the Holocaust. He uses techniques like irony, contrast, and an unrealistic way of describing what happens to accomplish this. By applying these techniques, Wiesel projects a tone of bitterness, confusion and grief into his story. Through his writing Wiesel gives us a window into the complete abandonment of reason he adopted and lived in during the Holocaust. Wiesel uses a black irony to emphasize the absence of normality in the concentration camps. As Eliezer marches into Auschwitz he notices a sign with the caption, …show more content…
The scene he conjures up in your mind seems impossible, other worldly. How can a man play his violin in a shed of dying people? This unrealistic moment may or may not have happened, and the doubt that it creates reflects the doubt Wiesel felt. The violin player reflects the feelings Eliezer has about the Holocaust; perhaps Eliezer believes that the hardships he faced during the Holocaust are just as real as Beethoven’s Concerto in that crammed shed. Wiesel confuses us even more by presenting an event that may or may not have happened in his writing and making us decide its validity. He also leaves us with a sense of awe as we marvel at an unlikely source of beauty in such a loathsome place. Through his use of irony, contrast, and unrealistic descriptions Wiesel crafts a memory that we both shy away from and feel the deepest attraction towards. He skillfully creates a sense of confusion in us as he moves between two poles when describing his experiences and emphasizes the irrationality of the concentration camps with a tone of irony. Through all the suffering Eliezer faces, however, he tries to shine through the ugliness with beauty both through his memories and his writing style. Wiesel writes a masterful memoir that will leave a deep and profound impression on

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