Questions on the novel, Night, by Ellie Wiesel

How did camp life change the prisioners as a person? A family? And relationships with other human beings?

People changed when they saw people being burned alive and tortured by the Nazis. Families changed when their loved ones died, either by, selection or exhaustion from lack of sleep, food and water. While in the came people became more isolated and didn't really speak when anyone was being killed or tortured around them. They just sat back and felt mental pain rather than physical pain.

Identify at least 3 themes in the novel.

Hope is a big theme that is present in the novel. In the novel Ellie tells his father to keep fighting and keep pushing. The second theme that is present in the novel is evil. This novel perfectly demonstrates the horrible actions of Hitler and his Nazis. The last theme that is present in the novel is faith. Ellie's fate is being tested throughout the novel. He ends up deciding that he doesn't want to believe in a God that would let these horrendous events take place. At the end of the novel it isn't made clear whether or not Ellie is still religious.

What does this novel reveal about you as a human being?

This novel has taught me a lot. I learned more about the holocaust and I also envisioned in my head what it would feel like, to endure that much pain and still have your sanity. To watch someone die right before your eyes and not cry or show any emotion what so ever. I think that the Jewish people are one of the toughest groups of people out there.

Andy Ackerman

5th-6th Hour