Night

Written by Elie Wiesel

"Eight words spoken quietly, indifferently, without emotion. Eight simple, short words"

(Wiesel 29)

Summary:

Night is a true story of the author, Eliezer Wiesel, as a Jewish teen during World War ll. In 1944, Eliezer and his family are taken away from their city along with many other Jews and put on trains to the concentration camps. Upon the arrival at the camps, Eliezer and his father are torn away from their mother and sisters. After the separation of their family, Eliezer and his father are determined to stay together no matter what happens to them. Night is the unforgettable memory of Eliezer in his journey from camp to camp in hope of survival. Will Eliezer have hope and trek through his journey of the camps, or will he lose all faith in his God?
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Coming of Age:

Eliezer's coming of age happens throughout the entire book. Night is not a book that has a very big coming of age. Elie didn't have the mother and father that who give him advice to help him come to age, the camps did that for him. He learned through his year of the camps that life is not fair. This is a tough lesson he had to learn, as it being the death of his father, mother, and sisters. He learned that lesson at a young age, 15 May not be that young, but it still is pretty young with no parents. Eliezer can also show that he had come of age when he started to debate against his God. The lesson of that life is not fair can be shown throught his debate with God when he was wondering if God was even there.

Elie Wiesel

Elie was born September 30, 1928 in Sighet, Transylvania. He was the third and only son out of four siblings. His parents were Sarah Feig and Shlomo Wiesel.


Awards and Honors

1. Holocaust Memorial Award and the New York Society of Clinical Psychologists in 1975.

2. Noble Peace Prize in 1986.

3. Medal of Liberty in 1986.

He has also been awarded and honored with more titles than one can count!


Today, Wiesel is still alive at the age of 87 and is married to his wife, Marion Erster Rose.

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