Analysis of Night, by Elie Wiesel

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Most historical events, whether beneficial or detrimental to society, bear witnesses. Regardless of how many total were affected by the event, each person owns a personal account of what they endured during the event. Elie Wiesel, author of Night, expresses the personal account of Elizer, a Jewish teenager, who fought to stay alive during the holocaust, and shows the importance of witness accounts, the will to survive, and the remembrance of past historical events. Night encompasses the idea of “Literature of Witness” by simultaneously showing how millions of people were affected by the holocaust and how each person, principally Elizer, has their own personal story to tell to understand and remember that horrendous time. Elizer’s personal account of the holocaust does not merely highlight the facts of the holocaust: millions suffered and the event was politically and religiously motivated, but provides an in depth investigation to what a person endured mentally, physically, and emotionally. Beginning as a teenager, Elizer thought highly of God and of his own beliefs, however, that quickly diminished when he was put into a system of sorting and killing people. During the holocaust, Elizer was not the only person to change; almost everyone suffered and changed differently. The stressful and harsh times affected Elizer just as they affected the person working next to him in the factory. Elizer quickly began to question everything “I pinched myself: Was I still alive? Was I awake? How was it possible that men, women, and children were being burned and that the world kept silent?” (Wiesel 32). Although Elizer forms this mentality, he also finds the will to survive, to protect his father, and to not turn into the people that were aro... ... middle of paper ... ...istory, while at the same time provides a sense of remembrance and seminal value, as well as understanding of the true events that took place during the holocaust. Wiesel subconsciously uses the theme of witnesses in his book Night, which demonstrates the daily struggles and harsh environment experienced by those who were trapped at the camps. Although the book only accounts for one person’s experience, all of the others who suffered are in a way intertwined. Although on the broad spectrum millions have been affected by the holocaust, Elizer’s narration accounts for each of them, showing they had their own story, their own life they left behind, their own conflicts, both internally and with the Nazis. Night, by Elie Wiesel encompasses the will to survive, the witnessing of historical events, the personal accounts of those affected, and remembrance of the holocaust.
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