Symbolism In Night

Words: 568
Pages: 3

In 1944, in the village of Transylvania, Sighet, 15 to 16-year-old Elie Wiesel spends much of his time learning about Jewish mysticism. As described by Wiesel, Moshe the Beadle attempted to inform the Jews of Sighet of what he had witnessed, “but people not only refused to believe his tales, they refused to listen.” The story is told from first-person point of view of Elie Wiesel who writes and reflects on his own experiences. Elie’s narrative sticks to the time he is describing. Night is also used throughout the book to symbolize death, darkness of the soul and loss of faith. It was written around 10 years after his liberation from a concentration camp. The relationship between Elie and his father despite their best efforts and the author uses literary devices such as imagery, …show more content…
Though Elie Wiesel and his family, along with the rest of the town's Jewish population, was a place where one of the two ghettos set up in Sighet, the town where he has been born and raised. Into a train car eighty people can move and have to survive on minimal food and water. Jammed into train cars and destination unknown, the Jews of Sighet Elie Wiesel and his little sister named Tzipora, and their parents among them have finally crossed over to the Polish frontier and they finally arrive in Transylvanian town of Sighet. Elie is separated from his mother and younger sister, but he remains with his father. Consider all the terrible things that happen at night like one of the deportees, Mrs. Schachter becomes hysterical with visions of fire, hell, death. On the night of January 28th in 1945, Elie goes to his bunk in exhaust with his father still alive and still in the bunk below him. Elie could stay with his father throughout the Night it is debatable whether his father was more of a burden or aid to him. “Then came the march past the victims. The two men were no longer alive. Their tongues were hanging out,