Night By Elie Wiesel Book Report Night

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Night by Elie Wiesel Night by Elie Wiesel 1958 1 Night by Elie Wiesel KEY LITERARY ELEMENTS SETTINGS Note: The sections in the original text are not numbered. The numbers have been added for convenience in discussing the book. Night is set during the Second World War. The first section of the novel begins in Sighet, a small town in Transylvania (Romania) and ends in a train which stops in Kaschau (Czechoslovakia). The second section of the book continues in the train as the deportees head towards Auschwitz, the Death Camp. In the third section, the setting shifts to Birkenau, which is the selection and disposal center for the prisoners. Elie and his…… LIST OF CHARACTERS Major Characters Eliezer Wiesel (Elie) – the narrator,…show more content…
In spite of his youth, the Jewish Elie was eager to study the Talmud and Cabbala. His father, however, thinks Elie is too young for such advanced subjects and refuses to find him a teacher. As a result, Elie turns to Moshe the Beadle for guidance. One day Moshe is arrested by the Nazis. When he returns, he tells the villagers about how he has miraculously escaped from his torturers. He also tells them shocking stories about the atrocities committed against the Jews by Hitler’s regime. When Elie and the other villagers do not believe his stories, thinking he has gone mad, Moshe weeps and tells his story again. As time passes, the Nazis treat the Jews worse and worse. First they shift the Jewish people to live in ghettos; then they arrest them and transport them to Birkenau, the reception center that leads to Auschwitz. Elie, his parents, and his sisters are arrested by the Nazis and sent by cattle car to Birkenau. During the journey, Elie, his family, and the other Jews suffer from the inhuman conditions they must endure; they are also driven to distraction by the hysterical screams of Madame Schachter, who has hallucinations of fire and furnace. When Elie and his family arrive at the concentration camp, they see flames rising out of an oven, which is actually a crematorium for the prisoners. They are repulsed by the stench of burning flesh. Then Elie and his father are separated…show more content…
He lives in Sighet, Romania, with his parents and three sisters, two older and one younger than he. A bright and studious child, Elie is curious about the Jewish religion. Wanting to learn about the Talmud and the Cabbala, he turns to Moshe the Beadle, a worker in the synagogue, for guidance and religious instruction. The Germans, under the guidance of Hitler, seize Romania and occupy Sighet. Elie, like all of the Jews, is made to wear a yellow star to identify him as Jewish. He also watches as Jewish property is seized, and Jewish men are arrested. Moshe the Beadle is one of the first to be arrested and taken away to an unknown location. When he manages to escape and return to Sighet, Moshe tells of the cruelties that are being inflicted on the Jews. No one believes him, including Elie; they think he has gone crazy in his absence. Soon the persecution of the Jews becomes widespread. Elie and his family are forced to move from their home into the ghetto. They are not allowed to go out after dark or interact with non-Jewish people. Soon large numbers of Jews in Sighet are arrested and deported to concentration camps. Then Elie and…… Mr. Chlomo Wiesel - Before his imprisonment in the concentration camp, Mr. Chlomo Wiesel lived in Sighet with Elie, his three daughters, and his wife. Although he was a kind man, he rarely showed any emotion to his family. He was,
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