Power Of Tradition In Elie Wiesel's 'Night'

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Abraham Lincoln The Gettysburg Address The power of tradition has the ability to bring a nation back from civil war. This is prominent in the famous ‘Gettysburg Address’ by Abraham Lincoln and his exhortation that America should follow its first set morals. Lincoln uses the old English of the time “four score and seven years ago” to describe how long ago America was colonised. With emotive language he lays down the foundation on which America was “conceived”. These morals declare, “that all men are created equal”. Lincoln uses past tense as if the war has already ended “but we can never forget what they did here” this illustrates that the war had gone far enough, and America had moved away from the aspects of liberty on which the country…show more content…
Faith is a prominent theme in ‘Night’ by Elie Weisel. The story autobiographical and reveals the agony experienced in concentration camps during the Second World War. Power of faith is tested in the life of this young boy. A Pipel ( a young boy under an officer) is hanged and the symbolism of his life as he looses it slowly fading away represents what used to be Elie’s most important thing in life for his faith fading away too. The strong imagery of a young boy “dying in slow agony” dying under the eyes of many prisoner on-lookers, and “the soup tasting of corpses”, creates a disturbing tone and the repetition of, the rhetorical “Where is God?” shows that many including Elie, are starting to question Judaism and the existence of an interventionist God. Dialogue is used in the text, enabling the reader to witness the incidents as they happen. For example the head of the camp ordering, “Bare your heads!” just before the execution stirs the responders to question why they have to suffer so much, and why God isn’t helping. Emotive language such as “torture” and “sentenced” are used to expressthe horror of the situation. The register is formal because Elie is describing the scarring and traumatic…show more content…
Wallace is told to plead for mercy and just before he is tortured, there is a close up of a young Scottish boys face, which inspires him. After being tortured for a while there is a low angle shot of the Englishmen who says, “Surrender and kiss the emblem”, to which William ignores. He is put back into severe pain and there are close-ups of his face and limbs that are being stretched. He is let go and put on a table where he is quartered. He is allowed a minute to say mercy, then William screams “FREEDOM”. During the sequences of him being tortured it keeps cutting back to the palace where there is a sick King and the Princess (William’s lover) is crying, which cuts the suspension a bit. After yelling “freedom” everything turns into slow motion as the axe comes down to chop his head off. He sees the crowd and imagines his lover walking through, symbolic of William reaching peace. Just before the axe lands it cuts to a low-angle, close-up of his hand, which is clenching a cloth, then it is released representing his life being let go. The power of the human spirit can triumph over great torture, and the people in ruling positions. Braveheart annotation Text: Mel Gibson’s BraveHeart (Electronic Text- Film Sequence) 1.Dialogue- “Freedom” is screamed by William Wallace

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