In Between Darkness

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Night by Elie Wiesel is the captivating story of Wiesels childhood, which was spent behind the barbed wire and endless suffering of World War Two concentration camps. Elies journey through concentration camps rob him of his faith in God and expose him to the deepest inhumanity of which man is capable. Despite this exposure Wiesel maintains his devotion to his father. People relate the night to evil, darkness, and the unknown. To the prisoners of the concentration camps life was like a ceaseless night. Thus explains Wiesels choice of the word for his title. According to creationism there was darkness before there was light. "Now the Earth was astonishingly empty, and darkness was on the face of the deep... And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. And God saw the light that it was good, and God separated between the light and between the darkness." Night is when the most significant parts of the story transpire. Once the Prisoners are in the camp they have a longing for darkness, for night. Which is really a longing for death.-Need to make into one sentence. To begin according to Creationism when God created the world there was darkness before there was light. The prisoners are living in the darkness, they are living in a world full of evil and the unknown, they are oblivious toward what their futures hold for them. On the cattle car "There was still some food left. But we never ate enough to satisfy our hunger. Our principle was to economize, to save for tomorrow. Tomorrow could be worse yet." (Wiesel 23) The prisoners always prepared for the future, they never apprehended what the next day could bring, they saved resources and food waiting for a darker day. Whilst the cattle cars trugged on the prisoners were ... ... middle of paper ... ...t will be over. I’ll fall. A small red flame … A shot … Death enveloped me, it suffocated me. It stuck to me like glue. I felt I could touch it. The idea of dying, of ceasing to be, began to fascinate me. To no longer exist. To no longer feel the excruciating pain of my foot. To no longer feel anything, neither fatigue, nor cold, nothing. To break rank, to let myself slide to the side of the road … (6.17)” Later Wiesels body is in so much pain that death begins to sound appealing as an escape from suffering. Wiesel is literally surrounded by death and realizes his own mortality thoroughly. In conclusion, the title Night makes this book better because it is one word but can be analyzed both figuratively and literally. This title holds so much meaning to the sufferers of concentration camps… their lives were endless torture, endless fear of the unknown, a nightmare.
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