Literary Techniques Used In Night By Elie Wiesel

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Elie Wiesel uses various elements through out his memoir to show the destruction, and fatality of the concentration camps, and WWII. The elements that enhance his message are so in depth, to show people what it was like, and to make sure that this type of genocide would never happen again. Elie Wiesel uses various elements, but foreshadowing, imagery, and irony are the most prominent. The imagery involved in this memoir is very in depth and very descriptive. He shows an image of the agony that people were going through when they were put into the crematory. He says, “In front of us flames, in the air that smell of burning flesh”(26). The horrific imagery that that quote possesses is the smell of people burning, and screaming as they…show more content…
He uses the term irony in a way that no on has ever done before. He says, “The [German] officers were stationed in private houses…their attitude towards their hosts were…polite”(7). This quote is very ironic because it shows how the German officers were very polite and nice to the Jews in Sighet, even though they were going to kill them all in the end. Another ironic part in this story is when the Jews got to Auschwitz, the sign over the entrance said “Work Is Liberty, Auschwitz”(38). The ironic thing about this is that even though it said work is liberty, the Jews would never be granted liberty, not even if they worked. Elie Wiesel uses fake foreshadowing and foreshadowing to prove the fake foreshadowing correct. He says, “Look, Look at it, Fire, A terrible fire, Mercy, Oh, that fire”(22). This foreshadowing shows that a fire was going to be in the future. That quote happened to come true, because there was the crematory in the future. Another piece of foreshadowing is that it says, “Throw out all the dead! All corpses outside!”(94). This foretells that someone very close to Elie was going to die very soon. Even though his father did die, he did not do it at that

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