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Night By Ellie Wiesel: The Experience Of A Young Boy Trapped In The Holocaust

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The book “Night” by Elie Wiesel is non-fiction, which is based on Elie’s experience throughout the Holocaust as a young boy. Evidently the protagonist of this book is Elie, and he explains in detail everything that happens as he was a young “normal” child, to when he escapes from the concentration camp years later. His life before the Holocaust was very different from his life during the Holocaust. This experience led him to grow quickly and have a different perspective of life and society. Everything he witnesses forced him to mature quickly at a young age and open his eyes to all the cruelty around him.
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Elie tries to convince his father to have hope, but then Elie falls asleep. After he wakes up, he remembers his father and feels like he abandoned him. Elie then begins to search for his father and then finds him and attends to his needs. When he brings his father hot coffee he thinks, “I probably brought him more satisfaction than I had done during my whole childhood.” (Wiesel and Wiesel, 101) Elie’s main goal in the concentration camp was not to be separated from his father. Anywhere his father had to go, he would have to go after. “I first wanted to see where they would send my father. Were he to have gone to the right, I would have run after him.” (Wiesel and Wiesel, 32) Each person in the camp had the choice to work or die. “The SS officers wandered through the room, looking for strong men” (Wiesel, 35) ...”Those who were selected that day were incorporated into the Sonder Kommando, the Kommando working in the crematoria” (Wiesel and Wiesel, 35) The officers would separate the weak from strong, to then have the strong work, and then ‘weak’ would be immediately killed. Elie is heavily impacted by the forces of society. Many of the crimes committed in the camps had a big effect on him, it made him become into a person who lacks emotions. The hanging of a child in Buna, made him question God’s existence. Everyone was forced to walk by the hanged child and look at him in the eyes, but Elie felt no emotions, instead a man asks “Where is God now?” as the young boy struggles with his death, and a voice within Elie responds “Where is He? Here He is-He is hanging here on this gallows....” (Wiesel and Wiesel, 62)
Auschwitz had a positive and negative impact on Elie. He learns the true value of freedom and human rights. However, Elie loses his entire family in the camp, and he stays alone in the midst of freedom. He is already emotionally dazed, “After my father’s death, nothing can touch me anymore” (Wiesel and Wiesel, 107). He learns that the actions of society aren’t favorable by seeing all that was occurring around him, simply because they were Jews, “He has fought prejudice, genocide, and hatred...” (Wiesel’s ‘Night’ Recalls the Holocaust,...

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