Night And Survival In Auschwitz Analysis

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Primo Levi and Elie Wiesel, authors of the Holocaust survivor books Night and Survival in Auschwitz, both use the symbolism of night and darkness to advance the themes of their stories. In Levi’s work, the prisoners are preparing to leave to go to the next camp, and everyone is preparing during the night. When night came, “it was such a night that one knew that human eyes could not witness it and survive.” All of the prisoners know that something horrendous is coming so they prepare to never return, gathering all necessities and items of worth. Some people party and avoid the fact that they are leaving the next day, similar to the denial that Elie and his fellow villagers faced when they were leaving. When the sun rises, Levi describes Dawn