Many people don’t realize during the Holocaust more than six million people died, 5 million of whom were Jews that were treated like animals or worse. Elie Wiesel was actually there. After he got out, he wrote about his experiences. In his account he writes about being transported to the camp inhumanly by train. He then writes about the selection process and finishes with a gruesome march to a new camp. In “Night.” By Ellie Wiesel, he shows that if a person has faith and hope he/she can overcome any trial.
Ellie Wiesel uses symbolism to express different feelings in his account. For example at the end, Wiesel describes that in the pitch dark, he could hear Juliek’s, a Jewish boy he knew from the camp, violin playing explain it was as if Juliek’s soul was the bow. Wiesel uses the violin to express the sorrow and pain him and everyone around him went through. The violin also tells time for the reader giving an idea how close those in the camp are to death. Wiesel chose to use Madame Schatchter, a Jewish woman on the train with him, to symbolize the fate of those on the train. He has her go crazy, yelling “Fire!” when none was present. Also, when Wiesel’s father finds out that he is on a list of people that might be killed, he tries to give Wiesel a knife. It seems to symbolized point of the knife was inheritance, his father is trying to provide him with an inheritance before he is killed.
Wiesel also uses imagery to picture what is happening in the story “Night”. Throughout the story the characters are filled with some terror. “Our terror was about to burst the sides of the train. Our were at a breaking point, our flesh was ovening. It was as though madness were turning possessions of us all.” This helps the reader picture and imagine how scared, afraid, and hopeless the people were. Another example of imagery was when Madame Schatchter’s little boy was crying and holding on to his mom’s skirt trying to hold her hand telling her, “It’s alrighty mummy there’s nothing there…sitdown…” This shows the reader that the boy had some small hint of courage even though he was in a difficult and scary situation.
Wiesel uses the form of metaphor quite descriptively
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