This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Hell On Earth: An Exploration Of The Flame Motif In Elie Wiesel's "Night"

1368 words - 5 pages

It's strange how contrasting the idea of flames can be. For instance, in the beginning of the year when we read a story titled The Ambiguous Guest, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the motif of flames appeared within the text and was believed by our class to play a positive role. We gained this idea from the connection made by Hawthorne of flames to such things as warmth, happiness, light, families gathered around a hearth and many other examples of optimism found all throughout the story. However, we then came across the book Night, by Elie Wiesel, where the motif of flames also appeared but this time in a whole new way. In this autobiography where Wiesel writes about his imprisonment in Auschwitz, one of the numerous concentration camps created by Hitler, he connected flames with something completely the opposite of Hawthorne, something negative to the point where he suggests the flames indicate a presence of Hell on Earth.There are many images in the book that led our class to believe that the flames indicated Wiesel's Hell on Earth. To begin, there are many descriptions of such things as crematories, smoke rising from chimneys of the crematories and ultimately the ashes, which are all that is left over once the fire within the crematories disperses. These were completely different pictures compared to those of Hawthorne, and the feelings associated with them were completely different as well. In Auschwitz camp there was no light, no happiness, and definitely no families gathered around a hearth. However there was instead a loss of all hope, prisoners gathered in groups to be burned in the crematory and the dread of one never ending night: "Never shall I forget that Night, the first night in camp which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed. Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky... Never shall I forget those flames which consumed my faith forever." (43)However, it is not necessarily just theses horrible images that suggest a Hell on Earth. But further, it is the people of these camps' eventual acceptance of these occurrences and later total disregard for what is humane that leads to this morbid atmosphere. Upon arrival in these camps, the prisoners are always at first petrified by all that goes on but then something terrible happens. After only a few short months, what goes on in these camps is able to suck the soul out of anyone there because the sheer horror changes them, and so it is the fact that these camps lead to a loss of humanity and the fact that a world without humanity would be Hell is why these camps literally became a Hell on Earth for Wiesel: "... I too had become a completely different person. The student of the Talmud, the child that I was, had been consumed in the flames. There remained only a shape that looked like me. A dark flame had entered into my soul and devoured...

Find Another Essay On Hell on Earth: an exploration of the flame motif in Elie Wiesel's "Night"

Elie Wiesel's "Night" Essay

2385 words - 10 pages The book Night opens in the town of Signet where Elie Wiesel, the author ,was born . He lived his child hood in the Signet, Transylvania . He had three sisters Hilda, Bea, and Tzipora. His father was an honored member of the Jewish community. He was a cultured man concerned about his community yet, he was not an emotional man. His parents were owners of a shop and his two oldest sisters worked for his parents. Elie was a school boy and

Elie Wiesel's Night Essay

1281 words - 5 pages also did everything they possibly could to take care of his infected foot. An excerpt from Night describes a conversation between the doctor and Elie: “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Everything will be all right.” My doctor was there. That reassured me. I felt that in his presence, nothing serious could happen to me. Every one of his words was healing and every glance of his carried a message of hope. “It will hurt a little,” he said, “but it

Book Report on Elie Wiesel's Night

4218 words - 17 pages Book Report on Elie Wiesel's Night      Elie tells of his hometown, Sighet, and of Moshe the Beadle. He tells of his family and his three sisters, Hilda, Béa, and the baby of the family, Tzipora. Elie is taught the cabala by Moshe the Beadle. Moshe is taken away and sees an entire train of people murdered by the Gestapo. He returns to Sighet and tries to warn them, but no one believes his story. The Nazis come and take over Sighet. Elie is

Early Warning Signs in Elie Wiesel's Night

1096 words - 4 pages Denying Life As a son watches his mother take her last breath on her deathbed, an overwhelming grief sets in. Although knowing that his mom smokes and drinks, he never told her to quit or ease up because he thought his mother can never die. In this case, the offset of this denial is his mom’s early death but, the denial by the Jews during 1942, caused a far more superior calamity, six million deaths! Alas, just like the boy who lost his

Elie Wiesel's "Night"- Journal Entry

767 words - 3 pages Luck is on Wiesel's Side"I am too old, my son," he answered. "Too old to start a new life. Too old to start from scratch in some distant land…" (9)This scene where Elie's father rejects his son's request to liquidate everything and flee from the place where the extermination of Jews may occur, reminds me of a vivid conversation I once engaged in, with my two former North Korean grandparents.The Korean War (1950-53) and the Holocaust (1938

A commentary essay based on "Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl" which the work is analyzed in comparison to Elie Wiesel's "Night"

940 words - 4 pages attachment to the novel and its characters. Tone is also an excellent literary tool used to heighten the effect the novel has on the reader. Correspondingly, images, descriptive dialogue, and tone are significant in order to characterize the themes of the novel. In example, in Elie's memoir Night, a Nazi officer announced to a group of newly arrived prisoners, "If any of you is missing, you'll all be shot, like dogs!" In this sentence, the simile

Forgiveness and Forgetting in Schindler's List and Elie Wiesel's Night

1079 words - 4 pages A young boy is shot through the head. Infants are mercilessly murdered while women and children are incinerated and brought down to earth as ashes. Can we forget this? Do we forgive it? It is but human nature to remember what has happened and learn from it. It is hard to forget the horrifying experiences of Elie Wiesel as depicted in his book Night, exposing a young boy to the agonizing death of his family, faith, and innocence in Jewish death

Reliability of Testimonies of the Holocaust Survivors: Elie Wiesel's Night and Binjamin Wilkomirski's 'Fragments'

3334 words - 13 pages This essay will explore the relationship between fact and fiction in the representation of the holocaust. I will explore Elie Wiesel's Night and Benjimin Wilkomirski's Fragments and analyse the contribution made by these books to the debate about the authenticity of survivor testimony. The two texts I will look at challenge the notions of truth and reality. They both claim to be factual accounts of an actual moment in time, yet there is strong

Hitler Blindfolded Germany: Elie Wiesel's "Night"

868 words - 3 pages Concentration Camps, while Bronia Beker was constantly on the run and hiding from the Nazis. The turmoil of war spreads to the quiet hometowns, family crisis and separation, and the the living conditions, define Elie and Bronia. Elie and Bronia’s unique perspectives of the Holocaust differ in the actual situation, yet are homogeneous in the obstacle each individual overcomes. Bronia Beker born in the serene town of Kosowa, was genuinely excited when war

Elie Wiesel's "Night" and Mark Mathabane's "The Road to Alexandra" exemplify the similarities in the holocaust and apartheid

913 words - 4 pages "history repeats itself" has never seemed so true. The similarities of these periods are evident in Elie Wiesel's Night, and Mark Mathabane's The Road to Alexandra.Elie Wiesel's Night is a tale of murder and man's inhumanity to mankind. The novel shows the journey that the Wiesel family makes to the concentration camps. Elie Wiesel endured the hardships of three of the worst concentration camps in Germany, and he saw his family, friends, and fellow

'There remained only a shape that looked like me. A dark flame had entered my soul and devoured it.' By the end of the narrative, how has Elie changed? - "Night" by Eliezer Wiesel

967 words - 4 pages beginning of the novel, Elie also has faith in humanity, thinking, "How could it be possible for them to burn people, children, and for the world do keep silent?" (pg. 43). However, throughout the novel, his faith in humanity dwindles, to the point where he is indifferent. An example of this is when he says, "A dark flame had entered my soul and devoured it." (pg. 48).The family relationships also change throughout the novel - not only for Elie, but for

Similar Essays

Loss Of Faith In Elie Wiesel's Night

792 words - 3 pages Loss of Faith in Elie Wiesel's "Night" Night is a dramatic book that tells the horror and evil of the concentration camps that many were imprisoned in during World War II. Throughout the book the author Elie Wiesel, as well as many prisoners, lost their faith in God. There are many examples in the beginning of Night where people are trying to keep and strengthen their faith but there are many more examples of people rebelling against God

Elie Wiesel's "Night" Essay

773 words - 3 pages In the memoir, Night, author Elie Wiesel portrays the dehumanization of individuals and its lasting result in a loss of faith in God. Throughout the Holocaust, Jews were doggedly treated with disrespect and inhumanity. As more cruelty was bestowed upon them, the lower their flame of hope and faith became as they began turning on each other and focused on self preservation over family and friends. The flame within them never completely died, but

Elie Wiesel's Night Essay

534 words - 2 pages Elie Wiesel's Night Elie Wiesel’s Night is about what the Holocaust did, not just to the Jews, but, by extension, to humanity. The disturbing disregard for human beings, or the human body itself, still to this day, exacerbates fear in the hearts of men and women. The animalistic acts by the Nazis has scarred mankind eternally with abhorrence and discrimination. It seems impossible that the examination of one’s health, by a doctor, can

Elie Wiesel's Book "Night" Essay

935 words - 4 pages of death for the European Jews. Elie Wiesel focuses a great deal on people in his tale of Night, be they Minor characters or his own family, and the profound impact they had on him and others alike.Wiesel tells us of his world in Night in a way that incorporates all the Jews impacted by the Holocaust. He dose this by integrating side stories of other characters which gives us a broad sense of what other the Jews had experienced durring their