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Mankind's Nightmare Essay

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“For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.” -Elie Wiesel
The above quote by Elie Wiesel is During this time and soon after, Jews were seen as subhuman and later dehumanized completely. As World War II, progressed, Hitler and his advisors had seen the only way to fully answer the Jewish Question was to implement the Final Solution, which was to exterminate all of the Jews in Europe. Some of these horrors of the Final Solution can be seen in the novel Night by Elie Wiesel. In Night, Wiesel takes the reader into the eyes of young Eliezer during the Holocaust. In the novel Night, Elie Wiesel successfully executes his attempt to not let people born after the Holocaust and those who ...view middle of the document...

Schächter has her visions of fire, hell, and death, Eliezer and his father arrive at Birkenau and see the smokestacks and wait in line all night long with the smell of death in their noses, there is the night the soup tastes like corpses, they march through long nights and, stacked on top of each other, smother each other to death in the night, and Eliezer’s father dies during the night. All of these symbolize a death, or a loss in hope and faith in the eyes of Elie. Throughout Night, the various themes that are introduced by Elie Wiesel are what allow readers to actually step into the shoes of Elie and feel the impact of the experiences in Nazi Germany.
Elie Wiesel uses very specific word choice and tone in Night in order to give the reader a sense of how he is feeling at the time. This is first seen in Section 1 when Elie and his family are relocated to the ghettoes. Elie says that, “Little by little life returned to ‘normal’” (Wiesel 11). By Wiesel stating this, it shows the sarcasm in his tone and signifies that he knows that no matter how much he wants otherwise, the life he lives now in the ghetto is the life he’s stuck with forever. Word choice is seen again in Section 3 in the “Never Again” poem. Throughout this poem, uses repetition, which gives emphasis on his point of never forgetting the horrors that he witnessed in his first night in Birkenau. In Section 6, Elie Wiesel states that, ”We were...

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