Night:by Eli Gazelle

Jacob Linhardt

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

Camp life changed their instincts to survival of the fittest and only thinking of oneself, but not about loved ones or others. Like the son fighting the father for the bread on the train and killing him. Even Eli thought about leaving his own father, but guilt overtook him. When the German threw the bread in the train and all the Jews fought for it and killed eachother.

Identifying Themes

  • Silence happens a lot in this book when Eli sees his father get beaten, was one moment in the book. Another would be when the Nazis were taking the Hungarians out of their homes and on to the streets.
  • Eli didn't have much faith in God by the middle of the book, even though he wanted to learn more about him in the beginning. The other prisoners had faith at the begininng of the concentration camps and they always prayed, just like Eli did before the concentration camps.
  • Eli Gazelles "Night" captures how the prisoners were only motivated by hope. All they had left was hope to keep them going on.

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

This makes me think that maybe someday this may happen again. That we may do what others did before, but we will not let that happen again. It reveals that I may fight others for food if I was hungry, but never kill.