Commentary On Night By Elie Wiesel

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“No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior; all collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them.” - Elie Wiesel
The book Night is a story of a young boy who has faced more than just the typical teenage drama. Elie Wiesel is a fighter who pushed through everything the world threw at him, even when everyone was telling him he couldn't. This is the story of his life and everything he encountered in the holocaust. Elie wrote this memoir to show people the horrors he had faced in his time in the camps. He uses emotions to pull you into the story and show you how it really felt to be a Jewish person at the time. Elie shows you the emotional and even the physical pain they went through. To get these emotions, not just on the page, but into your head he uses many literary features such as symbolism, imagery,
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He uses it to make the readers see, smell, and hear what he is experiencing. “A man appeared, crawling snakelike in the direction of the cauldrons (page 59 Wiesel)”. This quote is an example of how you can see what Elie is seeing through his eyes. The word ‘snakelike’ makes you imagine the man slithering on the ground towards the cauldron. While the prisoners had to witness friends and family turning into skin and bones they also had to smell the scent of them dying. Wiesel said, “A wretched stench floated in the air (page 28 Wiesel) “. This quote written by Elie strongly ties into:“the smell of burning flesh (page 28)”. These quotes are important because it explains how the prisoners could smell burning flesh from the second they arrived at the camp, which you can imagine is not a pleasant scent. Not only were there screams of agony in the camps, but also on the horrific train ride there. Throughout the wretched journey of watching people suffer, smelling burning flesh, and hearing people’s screams Elie successfully uses imagery to make the readers understand how appalling the Holocaust