Night By Elie Wiesel

Character Analysis

Elie Wiesel (Elizer)

An mature teenager, Elie first begins to hate when Hungarian police strike out with billy clubs and force Jews from their homes. At Auschwitz's Block 17, he scold himself for being a spoiled child and rejecting his first plate of prison soup. He redeems himself by multiple acts of kindness, such as giving up his gold dental crown to spare his father torment for marching out of step. At the end of his captivity, an anorexic, shaken Elie bears little resemblance to the teenage boy who left Sighet. Elizer and his family is the protagonist.

Chlomo Wiesel

An esteemed grocer, adviser, and religious leader in the village of Sighet, Chlomo is cultured, but realistic. His dedication to others is evident in his accompaniment of the first convoy of deportees to the gates of the ghetto. At the Birkenau ditch where infants are burned, he wishes that Elie had gone with his mother. Elie assumes that his father does not want to witness the murder of his only son. ELie's father, he is a man that shows no emotion in the beginning. But when he enters the death camp his emotions run wild. He is weeping and stating his feelings about his predicament.He was like the patriarch not just to the family, but to the community as well. When the Germans occupied Sighet neighbors would seek advice from Elie's father. He was like the rock that held the community together.


Elie's mother remains silent and casts questioning looks at her family as she cooks food for the departure from their Sighet home. As the family marches from the large ghetto, her face is expressionless. In Elie's last view of her, she is stroking Tzipora's hair in a reassuring gesture.

Moishe the Beadle

He is someone Elizer admires. He looked up to him. But once he is deported and escapes to warn the people in his city about his experience. Everyone deems him to become insane. He says that everyone has to dig holes and be shot next to the holes they dug. The babies were tossed in the air and shot as a target for shooting practice.

The Nazis/ Prison Guards

Members of the National Socialist German Workers' Party, founded in Germany in 1919 and brought to power in 1933 under Adolf Hitler. They were the antagonist in the story. They enforced Hitler's rule and showed no mercy towards any Jews in the concentration/death camps.