Night memoir project
By: Chad Johnson
Overview of the holocaust (world war ll)
summary of the memoir-Night
1st quote from "Night" (pg.32)
"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).
When Eliezer narrated this he was basically saying that everything he experienced in his journey was so powerfully inhumane that he could never forget it. The purpose for this quote was too catch the audience's attention and show how much he experienced in such a short amount of time. Elie Wiesel uses personification and metaphor to clearly state what he was talking about and grabbed the audience's attention with his good use of diction.
2nd quote from "Night" (pg.31)
"For the first time, I felt revolt rise up in me. Why should I bless His name? The Eternal, Lord of the Universe, the All-Powerful and Terrible, was silent. What had I to thank Him for" (31)?
In this quote Eliezer questions his faith in God. He feels betrayed because it seems like his God hasn't done anything to help him. Eliezer prayed, and studied the Torah regularly before he got forced into the concentration camps, and now he feels like he gets nothing in return. I think the purpose of this quote was too show how much the Holocaust destroyed peoples beliefs and basically made them a new person.
Themes in "Night"
The importance of father/son bonds- Eliezer and his father's bond was strong. It was strong enough to keep one of them alive through the horrors of the holocaust. Even though it was hard, their father/son bond kept them both alive until the end.
Inhumanity towards other humans- the holocaust was a very horrible time in history where mass genocide was occurring constantly. This inhumanity taught us how evil some peoples intentions can truly be.
Symbols in "Night"
Fire- I think that Fire represents pretty clearly how destructive, cruel, and powerful the Nazi's power was. Madame Schächter had visions of fire on the train to the death camps, Eliezer witnessed babies being burned alive in a ditch, and most importantly, hundreds of Jews were burned by the Nazi's fire in the cremetoria's around the camps.
Corpses- I think that the corpses represent emotional, physical, and spiritual death in the book. All through Eliezer's journey, he sees corpses, and in the end, when he looks in a mirror, he even compares himself to a corpse.
Learner creation-original poem about the memoir (haiku)
The Holocaust was evil
Eliezer beat it.
Did nothing wrong, but was still
Killed by the evil.
Many died without
A true purpose, this is called
Genocide. Its bad.