Night Chapter Naming

By: Mahita Maddukuri and Bhoomika Kumar

Chapter One- Fallacy

"The Ghetto was ruled by neither German nor Jew; it was ruled by delusion." (Wiesel 12)



The title of this chapter refers to the fact that in the beginning of the book, everyone was very optimistic. They had a misconception that the soldiers were nice people and a delusion that they would be unharmed. This fallacy proved to be wrong later on, and the Jews were treated in the extreme opposite ways of which they thought they would be treated. This connects to the quote, because everyone in the Ghetto was deluded and in denial. They refused to acknowledge what was about to happen, even though many of them probably could foresee it. Several still thought their life would be normal, which ended up being a huge fallacy.

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This picture represents the 1st chapter. Even though there is a huge and destructive storm behind him, the smiley face is under the impression that everything is still sunshine and rainbows. This is similar to how the Jews in the town of Sighet were all thinking everything was still alright when the Nazis came into their town and lived with them. They even believed the fallacy that some of the soldiers were nice people, even though the soldiers' presence was for the pure purpose of Jewish extermination.

Chapter Two- The Prophecy

"Jews, look! Look at the fire! Look at the flames!' And as the train stopped, this time we saw flames rising from a tall chimney into a black sky." (Wiesel 28)

The title of this chapter refers to Mrs. Schachter's screaming of "FIRE!" in the cattle car. Even though there was no fire in the car, and people thought she was mentally ill, her cries were actually an indicator of what was to come, as later at Auschwitz, everyone did see smoke from a huge fire. This connects to the quote, because it shows that Mrs. Schachter was right about the fire. The fire she was referring to in the cattle car at that time was the fire in Auschwitz, where people were being burned alive. In a way, it was also a prophecy that foretold the hardships the Jews were about to endure.
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This picture connects to the chapter, because it shows a flame in a crystal ball. This is like the situation with Mrs. Schachter, because it shows how her screams were like a prophecy. She was screaming "FIRE", and no one understood why until they arrived at Auschwitz, where everyone smelled the burning of flesh. The screams foreshadowed what the Jews would see and experience very soon in their lives.

Chapter Three- A Lifetime Lost in a Moment

"And I walked on with my father, with the men. I didn't know that this was the moment in time and the place where I was leaving my mother and Tzipora forever." (Wiesel 29)

The title of this chapter refers to how all his dreams were crushed and his life was completely changed within a few hours. He lost most of his family, and had to give up his entire life as soon as he stepped foot into the camp. The quote reflects this idea of his entire life lost in a single moment. It shows that he would never have a complete family again, as a result of the separation from his mother and sister. He also lost his identity the moment he stepped into the camp.
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The picture connects to the chapter as it shows an astronaut who has many dreams, (as shown in the bubble) being sucked into a black hole, which he can never get out of. Once something falls into a black hole, it cannot come out and it is trapped forever, never being in the same state again. This is similar to what Elie experienced when he arrived at Auschwitz. In just a moment, he lost most of his family (without realizing it) and his identity.

Chapter Four- Darkening

"For God's sake, where is God?' And from within me, I heard a voice answer: 'Where He is? This is where-hanging here from this gallows...'" (Wiesel 65)

The title of this chapter refers to the fact that this is the chapter in which Elie begins to lose faith in God, or his belief in God "darkens." The quote also connects to the idea that Elie, whose life had always revolved around God, was beginning to lose faith in life and in God.
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In this chapter, there is a significant show of change in Elie's personality and character. This picture connects to the chapter, as it shows hearts becoming darker ( loosing hope and faith in god) along with the sky running out of stars and becoming dimmer. This symbolizes Elie becoming more selfish in terms of caring about others, with the burden of trying to survive. In the beginning, Elie had a lot of belief in god, was willing to do anything to be with his father and was an optimistic Jew. As he spent more and more time at the camp, however, his heart became darker in terms of religious love and family love as a result of all the cruelty he experienced and saw.

Chapter 5- New Faith

"I have more faith in Hitler than in anyone else. He alone has kept his promises, all his promises, to the Jewish people." (Wiesel 81)

The title of this chapter states that the Jews were losing faith in religion and were starting to have faith in Hitler. While they still detested him, he was the only one whom they could count on to do everything he said he was going to do. The quote also states this, since it talks about how Hitler was the one they now have faith in, since he has kept all of his promises to the Jewish people.
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This picture connects to the chapter content by showing that hope and faith in god is decreasing and faith in Hitler ( for keeping his word) is increasing for the Jews, as Hitler had never gone back on his word, but the Jews who were deeply religious and heartily worshiping god, were suffering hardship, thus making them lose faith in god.

Chapter 6- Cold

"On the road, it snowed and snowed, it snowed endlessly.[....] My wounded foot no longer hurt, probably frozen." (Wiesel 92)

The title of this chapter has several meanings. It represents the coldness of Rabbi Eliahu's son's heart when he abandoned his father during their journey. It represents the cold-heartedness of the German soldiers that allowed them to treat the Jews so harshly and force them to run in the cold. It also represents the weather in general, since the Jews spent all day running outdoors in the freezing snow. This third meaning is what the quote is referring to, since it talks about the snow and how cold Elie was.

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This picture of a heart in the snow represents the situation in the chapter by showing that, not only was it cold in terms of weather, but everyone's feelings' were also cold. Because of the cold weather, many had the cold feeling to abandon their relatives, and run away, like Rabbi Eliahu's son. Several people were so cold hearted by then (hopeless) they decided to close their eyes forever. Overall, the entire section of this book was filled with cold.

Chapter 7- Devoured by their Darkness

" In the wagon where the bread had landed, a battle had ensued. Men were hurling themselves against each other....Beasts of prey unleashed, hate in their eyes. An extraordinary vitality possessed them, sharpening their teeth and nails." (Weisel 101)

The title of this chapter is " Devoured by Darkness" because this chapter is mainly about how desperate the Jews were for food and survival. The Jews are so desperate, that they were in one way, "dark hearted". This is because they were willing to do anything, including murder, to get a piece of bread to devour, with their darkness. The quote describes just how keen the men were in getting the bread and how dark the weak men had become.
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This picture shows bread falling into darkness. This encompasses the idea of the small amount of bread being devoured by the dark hearts of the Jews who no longer cared about anything else but eating, to try to survive and that they would do anything, even something as bad as murder, to gain that bread, which was devoured ravenously by their, now, dark personalities. It also shows how the mind of many was eaten up, by the cruelty, leaving a dark greediness in the Jews.

Chapter 8- The Relief of Hitting Rock Bottom

" I did not weep, and it pained me that I could not weep. But I was out of tears. And deep inside me, if I could have searched the recesses of my feeble conscience, I might have found something like: Free at last!..." (Weisel 112)

The title of this chapter shows that, in this chapter, he hit rock bottom, and nothing could make the situation worse. But yet, even though he felt guilty about, Elie had a bit of happiness in him, about his father's death, since he would not have to care for him anymore. The quote also reflects that he had now experienced the worst, but guilty, he also could not weep because of the freedom he got from his father's death.
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This picture shows how in this chapter, Elie hit rock bottom (rocks with grave stone, death man and the death symbol). He had lost everything, including his father, which was the only thing he had left, but yet, he had a feeling of relief ( smiley face), for which he felt guilty for (sad faces).

Chapter 9- The Alien

From the depths of the motrror, a corpse was contemplating me. The look in his eyes as he gazed at me has never left me." (Wiesel 115)

The title of this chapter is referring to the fact that Elie was a completely doifferent person after the Holocaust. His views on religion and the world had changed, and physically he was very different. This is similar to what is stated in the quote, since he was so malnourished and weak that he looked like a living "corpse" and was just a shadow of his former self in more ways than one.
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This picture shows a man looking into mirror, and seeing an alien looking back at him, quite different from his actual self. This encompasses the idea that after all his time at the concentration camps, Elie Wiesel had become a completely different person( in a negative way), when he saw himself in the mirror in the hospital. From a boy who was happy and optimistic, he had transformed into a figure, which was like a corpse, contemplating him.