Literary Analysis: "Night"

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Literary Analysis: “Night” In Elie Wiesel’s autobiographical memoir “Night,” Elie expresses his disturbing yet truthful journey on how he along with many other Jews had to have the courage and tolerance to survive, despite the unlawful acts of discrimination. At the age of fifteen Elie was taken from his home in Sighet and endured countless hardships, cruelty, fear, and stress, due to his religion. With everything happening in his life he had to learn how to be strong mentally and physically as well as being tolerant to Hitler’s anti-Semitism wrath towards the Jewish people all around Europe. When the Nazis first started destroying the Jewish people’s lives, they used the yellow star to identify the Jews so that they wouldn’t “dishearten the others.” (cyberpear. 6) “The yellow star? Oh well, what of it? You don’t die of it.” (Wiesel 20) Little did the Jewish community know, the little star on their shoulder would be the death of over six million Jewish people. The Germans issued decrees, but the Jews kept saying it wasn’t so bad, until it was too late for them to possibly revolt. The Jews were banned from public places/services, and then they were isolated in overpopulated ghettos. The ghettos had barbed wire and stone walls, in hope that the Jews would starve to death or die from disease due to the harsh conditions in the ghetto. Many Jewish people living in the ghettos were then transported to concentration camps where most of them died. (Beck et. al 503) These acts all took place due to Hitler’s discrimination towards the Jews. If you died in the concentration camps they would shuffle up your body along with many others in large carriages disposing dead bodies to their graves, or to the crematories where they were burned to ashes. (Beck et. al 504) “No! He isn’t dead! Not yet!” (Wiesel 104) Elie said this quote when two grave diggers were attempting to get rid
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