Night9 Essay

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Night9



Wiesel's Night is about what the Holocaust did, not just to the Jews, but by extension, to
humanity. People all over the world were devastated by this atrocious act, and there are
still people today who haven't overcome the effects. One example of the heinous acts of
the Germans that stands out occurs at the end of the war, when Elie and the rest of the
camp of Buna is being forced to transfer to Gleiwitz. This transfer is a long, arduous,
and tiring journey for all that are involved. The weather is painfully cold, and snow fell
heavily; the distance is greater than most people today will even dream of walking. The
huge mass of people is often forced to run, and if one collapses, is injured, or simply
can no longer bear the pain, they are shot or trampled without pity. An image that secures
itself in Elie's memory is that of Rabbi Eliahou's son's leaving the Rabbi for dead. The
father and son are running together when the father begins to grow tired. As the Rabbi
falls farther and farther behind his son, his son runs on, pretending not to see what is
happening to his father. This spectacle causes Elie to think of what he would do if his
father ever became as weak as the Rabbi did. He decides that he would never leave his
father, even if staying with him would be the cause of his death.

The German forces are so adept at breaking the spirits of the Jews that we can see the
effects throughout Elie's novel. Elie's faith in God, above all other things, is strong at
the onset of the novel, but grows weaker as it goes on. We see this when Elie's father
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