Night By Elie Wiesel Book Study

Poster by: Spencer Rowe

World War II Summary

World War II was one of the most, if not, the most gruesome wars in history. It led to the overcome of power in Germany and millions of Jews and other groups being killed. In all, about 6 million were executed by the end of the war. This war also led to some of the most deadly weapons ever produced, including the atomic bomb dropped in Japan that virtually ended the war. Adolf Hitler was the primary antagonist in the war and hated certain groups that believed differently from himself.

Biography

Elie Wiesel was born on August 28,1930 in a small village in Romania. He was deported in 1944 during the Holocaust and would later write about the series in this book. He later was liberated from Auschwitz and went to Sorbonne to study Journalism 3 years later. In 1954, he decided to write about the time during the Holocaust and how it affected him. This was partially cut short in 1956 because he was hit by a car. But in 1958, he decided to publish Night and also write 2 more books about his life after the war. After his writing career, he joined the Commission and Advisory Board of Romania to improve the local government. He stayed there until 1986 and is continuing to live in Romania today.

Summary

In the book, Elie talks a lot about his experience when he was 10 and sent to Auschwitz concentration camp in the war. Not only does he see people dying the gas chambers and getting executed, he describes the other horrible things including the living conditions there. He questions his religion an God throughout the horrifying sights, and also questions other accepts of life, like human behavior. He notices that the German ps are losing the warfare outside the camps, and wonders if him and his dad will survive, but his dad dies 1 month before they can get out.

Quote

My quote in the book Night by Elie Wiesel was about Elie not believing in his religion and god anymore."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. Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the little faces of the children whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky.

Never shall I forget those flames which consumed my faith forever.

Never shall I forget that nocturnal silence which deprived me, for all eternity, of the desire to live. Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never" (32). This is connected to his conflict because he is learning that the in humane things he had to go through taught him that there is no God because he wouldn't allow this type of torture and behavior. He uses a lot of imagery in this passage and also personification. It really captures the meaning of what you are trying to see in this situation.

2nd Quote

My quote in the book Night by Elie Wiesel was about Elie not believing in his religion and god anymore."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. Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the little faces of the children whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky.

Never shall I forget those flames which consumed my faith forever.

Never shall I forget that nocturnal silence which deprived me, for all eternity, of the desire to live. Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never" (32). This is connected to his conflict because he is learning that the in humane things he had to go through taught him that there is no God because he wouldn't allow this type of torture and behavior. He uses a lot of imagery in this passage and also personification. It really captures the meaning of what you are trying to see in this situation.

Author's purpose

I think he is trying to point out how horrifying the experience actually was. He really went through a lot and that kind of torture can actually get emotionally to you. I think there were a lot of editions going through the soldiers and civilians at the time because they were fighting for people's lives in the process of fighting a war.

Poem

The soldiers fought the war,

But couldn't stop the memoirs.

They struggled and fought,

And saw many things that were usually taught.