Night Essay

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NIGHTElie Wiesel's experiences during the Holocaust are like a journey into a night of total blackness. The title night is symbolic. It represents physical darkness, the darkness of the soul, and the darkness of the mind. Elie experiences many tragedies during the Holocaust, but he transforms into a new "man" when he is liberated.The title "Night" as a symbol represents physical darkness by "showing" the reader exactly what it means. "Night had fallen. That evening we went to bed early." (Page 15) Instantly, the reader is taken to a vivid scene, in which it is dark. "Night. No one prayed, so that the night would pass quickly. The stars were only sparks of the fire which devoured us. Should that fire die out one day, there would be nothing left in the sky but dead starts, dead eyes."(Page 18) The reader receives a picture of an open sky on a clear night, the stars shining brightly. Then the stars fade, and quickly disappear. "As soon as night fell, she began to scream: "There's a fire over there!" She would point at a spot in space, always the same one." (Page 24) When night had fallen, the woman had gone hysterical. The night is evil it scares people. "Through the blue "" tinged skylights I could see the darkness gradually fading." (Page 33) This is a sign of hope. The darkness is going away and the light at the end of the tunnel is approaching. The physical symbolism is shown in this book.Another type of symbolism shown in the book "Night" is the darkness of the soul. The darkness of the soul is very apparent in this book because Elie has been going through a lot of changes. "Free from social constraint, young people gave away openly to instinct, taking advantage of the darkness to flirt in our midst, without caring about anyone else, as though they were alone in the world." Elie expresses his torment throughout this book by realizing that the darkness is evil. "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." (Page 32) Elie is very angry with his first oppressors. He cannot stand to be...

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