Chapter Naming Project
The Fog Before the Storm (pg3-22)
"German Soilders...our first impression of the Germans were rather reassuring." Elie pg9
The thought the soldiers were nice, but never assumed that they would turn out to be so cruel.
The Boxcar to Hell (23-28)
"Lying down was not an option, nor could we all sit down...There was little air...After two days of travel, thirst became intolerable, as did the heat" Elie pg 23
This is just a brief statement showing the agony prisoners went through on the transportation to the camps.
The Beginning of the End (29-46)
They had just made their arrival at the camp, oblivious to the tortures to come. This was the beginning of their lifetime of suffering
Fish out of water (47-65)
"We began looking for people we knew, asking the 'veterans' which work Kommandos were the best and which block one we should try to enter." Elie, pg 47
They were confused and wary, they had to seek advice from people who had been here for long. In the confusion, they desperately searched for a familiar face.
At war within oneself (66-84)
"Blessed be God's name? Why, but why would I bless Him? Every fiber in me rebelled. Because He caused thousands of children to burn in His mass graves?" Elie, pg 67
After all the suffering Elie has witnessed, why should he worship? He had done nothing good.
The march of a thousand miles (85-97)
""Don't think, don't stop, run!" Near me, men were collapsing into the dirty snow. Gunshots." Elie 86
People were killed mercilessly and no one even stopped to mourn. For the prisoners, there was no longer the sharp pain of death of a dearly beloved.
The fall (98-103)
"I tried to distinguish between the living and those who were no more. But there was barley a difference." Elie 98
Elie seems to be at a point were he almost accepts death. He's almost gone, and so is everyone else. Maybe it is best for him to let go."
If you love something, set it free (104-112)
Elie's father dies, but he had been gone for a while. He had been going through absolute hell and torture through his life in camp. The sweet escape of relief and going to the afterlife was what Elie's father needed. He was in pain, in a constant battle. He would no longer have to fear for life. He was no more.
Broken Chains (113-115)
The camp is finally closed, Elie is free. His chains have been broken, and he is free to continue his life, to live as if this had been nothing but a nightmare.