Figurative Language In Elie Wiesel's 'Night'

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Ashton Crump
Honors English 2
23 March 2016
Style Essay
Elie Wiesel’s writing style in the novel Night conveys very deep and intricate messages about his time in the concentration camp, and his life in general. During this time in the holocaust, Elie Wiesel was dehumanized, tortured, and forced to experience things no one should have to; especially not a teenager . Wiesel’s memoir includes diction that holds back no emotion, vivid symbolism, and figurative language to project his experiences. The use figurative language in Night gave Wiesel the ability to illustrate the grim and horrendous story that he shares. One example of Wiesel’s effective figurative language is the quote, “They were our first oppressors. They were the first faces of hell and death” (Wiesel 29). This quote shows how Wiesel
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Elie Wiesel went through this, as well as millions of other prisoners during the Holocaust. Prisoners of concentration camps were made to feel like animals in their confinement, and were also treated as such. Shortly after the prisoners have been sent to the camps, they begin to act barbaric. The quote, “So many crazed men, so many cries, so much bestial brutality!”(Wiesel 43). This shows the acts of brutality growing among the men. Another example of the growing animalistic behaviors in the camps, due to their lack of morals is how the prisoners fight for even the smallest ration of food. Wiesel writes, “In the wagon where the bread had fallen, a real battle had broken out. Men threw themselves on top of each other, stamping on each other, tearing at each other, biting each other. Wild beasts of prey, with animal hatred in their eyes; an extraordinary vitality had seized them, sharpening their teeth and nails” (Wiesel 105). This shows the savageness and viciousness of the prisoners, now that they have been stripped of their morals and