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Quote Analysis of "Night" by Elie Wiesel

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Quote Analysis of Night ?Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed. Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky. Never shall I forget those flames which consumed my faith forever. Never shall I forget that nocturnal silence which deprived me, for all eternity, of the desire to live. Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never.? Pg. 32 This quote is very important and stunning to the reader. Eliezer and his father have just realized that they have survived selection. This took place at Birkenau on their first day there. This is one of the more famous passages from the book. In this quote he is reflecting on his experience in the camps and his first impressions of this. He talks first about how it has turned his life into one long night. This gives us insight into how even still he feels that he has not recovered from his time in the camps and that he is still feeling the ?night?. ...read more.

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No candles were lit to his memory. His last word was my name. A summons to which I did not respond. 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!? pg.106 This quote is near the end of the story and is after Eliezer?s father becomes very sick with Dysentery. He talks about how after his father has been struggling with his life the day before lying in his bed, today he is no longer there. He has been taken away to be burned. Eliezer talks about how he did not have the strength to either respond to his father?s last word nor to cry for his death. The last sentence he says that deep inside he was feeling something like free at last. This is very strange concept he introduces that many people cannot comprehend. To not have ones family to look after, to care for, to worry about, and to have them gone is a burden lifted off of your shoulders. To be able to solely look out for yourself, to survive. ...read more.

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He in this quote separates himself into two individuals, his new self and the corpse that the Nazis killed, his old self. He has become older, more mature, and more importantly a completely changed person. His ?corpse? represents his old self, his faith in god, and finally his family; everything that was taken away by the Nazi?s in the camps. Then he can also separate himself from his old self. This new self has found a new identity and while he will always remember his time in the camps he will not feel the way he did while he was there. It is also important because it is the first time he has seen himself in a very long time. We can imagine how he might have looked, pathetic, skinny, beat up, dirty, and almost dead. This imagery it implies gives us insight into what he might have been thinking during this time. It also gives us further understanding to what the Nazis did to him mentally. While they did not literally kill him they killed the younger innocent version of him. To me this quote speaks to me because of the way he describes himself when he sees himself. To me the metaphor of the corpse is very effective because I can visualize what he might have looked like and even what he might have been feeling. I can also rationalize the metaphor and how they really did kill a part of this man. ...read more.

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