Night

Night: Essay Q&A

1. Discuss the significance of the last three paragraphs of Night. The book ends as Eliezer recovers from food poisoning in the hospital at Buchenwald after the camp has been liberated. One day he musters the strength to get up and look at himself in a mirror. He has not seen his own face since …

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Night: Biography: Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel  was born on September 30, 1928, in Sighet, a small town on the Hungarian-Romanian border. Sighet had a population of ten thousand Jews, and Wiesel grew up in a close-knit community shaped by its religious beliefs and practices. But all this changed in 1944, near the end of World War II, when all …

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Night: Top Ten Quotes

“It was like a page from some story book, from some historical novel about the captivity of Babylon or the Spanish Inquisition.” (Section 1) Eliezers description of the scene in the street when the Jews of Sighet assemble for deportation. “Never shall I forget that nocturnal silence which deprived me, for all eternity, of the …

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Night: Theme Analysis

Father-Son Relationship In the inhuman conditions in the concentration camps, where people are brutalized and treated as objects, the relationships between fathers and sons become extremely important. Can these bonds of family survive, as islands of humanity in a sea of hatred? Eliezer reports on some terrible incidents in which even the close bond between …

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Night: Metaphor Analysis

Night The frequent occurrence of the word “night” symbolizes the complete loss of hope that befalls the Jews. It also represents the loss of faith, the feeling on the part of many Jews that they have been deserted by God; there is no divine light left in the world. Night thus becomes a synonym for …

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Night: Character Profiles

Alphonse:  Alphonse is a German Jew in the Buna camp. The Germans have appointed him head of the block in which Eliezer lives, and he is devoted to the welfare of the other prisoners. Akiba Drumer:  Akiba Drumer is one of the Jewish prisoners at Auschwitz and Buna. At first he has strong religious faith, …

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