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Elie Wiesel’s Technique In 'night' Essay

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Elie Wiesel's Technique in NightIn this excerpt of Night by Elie Wiesel, Wiesel successfully uses many writing techniques to portray a nearly life-like perspective of his experience at a concentration camp during the Holocaust. Wiesel uses techniques such as description, dialogue, and first-person narration in this amazing story (Edward).There are descriptions found in Night which seemingly put you right there in Eliezer's shoes. "…They were giving out black 'coffee,'" (shortly after, this black 'coffee' was revealed to be just hot black water). These descriptions open the readers' minds to the atrocities of the Holocaust and concentration camps. Simply reading and learning about this saddening event in a classroom does not do any justice to these victims (Hernandez). We take it for granted, our knowledge of knowing how many ...view middle of the document...

Here, every man has to fight for himself and not think of anyone else. Even of his father. Here, there are no fathers, no brothers, no friends. Everyone lives and dies for himself alone." After reading this line, one will truly realize how terrible of a place and event this was. What place other place on earth would make someone not think of anyone else, such as your own father?Night is written in a first-person narration form, which allows the reader to always be with Eliezer. Not only does the reader follow Eliezer's every step, but they get a glimpse of Eliezer's thoughts and ideas that run through his head during this saddening experience. The last paragraph; "I did not weep, and it pained me that I could not weep. But I had no more tears. And in the depths of my being, in the recesses of my weakened conscience, could I have searched it, I might perhaps have found something like - free at last!", for instance, can make someone only imagine not being able to cry after losing a loved one, but yet feel as if a weight has been lifted off one's shoulders. Although at times the ideas that come up while reading the excerpt can be terrifying, it is very valuable. This excerpt leaves the reader with an unforgettable message.In conclusion, Wiesel successfully portrays his experience in a concentration camp during the Holocaust, using description, dialogue and first-person narration. Using these techniques, along with many others put the reader in his shoes during such an tragic time.Works CitedEdward, Wyatt. "The Translation of Wiesel's 'Night' Is New, but Old Questions Are Raised." New York Times 19 Jan. 2006: 1. Academic Search Complete. EBSCO. Web. 9 Dec. 2010.Hernandez, Alexander A. "Telling the Tale: Sharing Elie Wiesel's Night with Middle School Readers." English Journal 91.2 (2001): 54. Academic Search Complete. EBSCO. Web. 7 Dec. 2010.Seidman, Naomi. "Elie Wiesel and the Scandal of Jewish Rage." Jewish Social Studies 3.1 (1996): 1-19. Academic Search Complete. EBSCO. Web. 7 Dec. 2010.

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