• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

"Night" Commentary

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

"Night" Commentary Pages 36-37 This passage is shortly after Elie and his father have arrived at Birkenau camp, and are now going to be transferred to Auschwitz. The main themes that are developed in this short passage is the loss of self-identity, hope, disbelief and the swiftness with which everything occurs, although there is one short paragraph that demonstrates some relief and humor that Elie finds in his neighbors. The page has two white spaces that separate several paragraphs, and they usually signify a transition from hopeless thoughts to the beginning of a new day or a different train of thought. Much of the literary style used reflects some of the themes present in the passage. For example, as they are leaving their barrack, the line "Disinfection. Everybody soaked in it. Then came a hot shower. All very fast," gives the effect of hurriedness and panic by using a single word and abrupt, harsh narrative that gets straight to the point, and this is then emphasized further by the statement "All very fast", which mirrors the literary style and the rapidity of events. ...read more.

Middle

The next paragraph begins to describe Elie's first feelings of absolute hopelessness, loss of his own identity and loss of faith. In the first line, Elie narrates, "The night had passed completely. The morning star shone in the sky. I too had become a different person. The student of Talmud, the child I was, had been consumed by the flames", and there are many hidden meanings in this paragraph through the use of certain literary techniques. The passing of night is used as a metaphor to refer to himself, and it suggests that perhaps with the passing of night, it was also a "passing" of himself and the boy he used to be had completely gone with the night, to be replaced with a different person. This also reflects the theme of swiftness, as it portrays how in just the passing of a single night Elie had begun to change into someone different. Furthermore, Elie once again uses a very harsh and abrupt style when narrating "The night had passed completely. ...read more.

Conclusion

Lastly, following after this use of tautology, Elie simply writes "Surely it was a dream" as a single line beneath the previous paragraph, which is then separated from the next paragraph by a white space, and this not only suggests how Elie feels lost and alone, but it's also like a statement to reassure himself that nothing has happened and he's really just dreaming it all up. The use of white space directly after this single statement suggests a shift from one train of thought to another, or the emergence from his reverie of disbelief as the next paragraph is still in the same day but on a different subject. It also puts into perspective how terrified he feels about such a dramatic shift in his life happening in such a short time. In conclusion, Elie uses many different literary techniques and styles such as the abrupt, almost note form of narrative, metaphors, rhetoric, tautology and the use of white space to depict his experiences and his feelings of emptiness, loss of identity and faith, and disbelief in everything that's happened. By: Samantha Word Count: 1,032 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate Misc section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate Misc essays

  1. The Effect on Music in the Christian Church

    piano, electric piano, portable keyboards, the synthesizer, MIDI, organs and other musical instruments can be very useful in the service or worship."Instruments used effectively in a church worship service serves to become beneficial and complimentary to a harmonious message.

  2. Analyze the film Blade Runner, discuss the narrative techniques, representations, use of stereotypes and ...

    on the chance to see the setting of the film but also a chance to see the type of visual effects in store for the viewer giving him/her a heightened sense of excitement and anticipation. The scene then moves on to Leon (Brion James)

  1. ITGS portfolio Loss of employment and privacy issues regarding the rise of online grocery ...

    Berman says the company has some reviewers who take online shopping to heart. "There are some customers who are extraordinarily proud of being one of our top reviewers - they take their job really seriously." Some of Amazon's customers are voracious readers who consider it their duty to review one or two books every single week.

  2. English Commentary

    and "What really set her apart...was the fact that her mother was divorced." These lines express sympathy and they are told in a caring and understanding way. In the line "It's said (truly)

  1. Comparing and Contrasting Envy and Deception in Shakespeares Much Ado About Nothing and Othello

    This type of self-deception contrasts with the one seen in Much Ado About Nothing as it does not lead to the downfall of the characters. Beatrice and Benedick are examples of this self-deception in the sense that they both love each other, but hide behind this fact through a war of wits.

  2. According to the standards within the Ln Yu, has the Confucian gentleman survived to ...

    fearing no situation or obstacle in his path despite the place he is visiting or living in(Csymbol, 2001). With such strict yet admirable standards, the Confucian "Gentleman" could have not possibly survived over the centuries with all the change in cultures and thinking.

  1. Extended Essay: How do different Flavours, Storage Times affect the Effectiveness of Crisps as ...

    what test number each is.) Place them in the flame until they are ignited. 5. Hold each crisp between a copper calorimeter and a tin lid. Let them burn until they become all or mostly black. If the flame goes out before this happens, try to ignite them again.

  2. GCSE Welsh Baccalaureate Completed Diary Pages

    This dire situation is made worse, by the fact I disclosed earlier about society oppressing homeless preventing them from regaining an acceptable presence in society. What do you think are the most important social issues in your local area? The most important social issue is trying to satisfy each individual

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work