Night Essay

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In his book Night, Elie Wiesel uses tone to express the many hardships that the Jews were forced to face during the Holocaust. He also cleverly used it throughout the story to express the strength of a father/son bond even in the face of hardship. The narrator's love for his father was, at times, the only reason he had to keep up the constant struggle to live. "The idea of dying, of ceasing to be, began to fascinate me. To no longer exist. To no longer feel the excruciating pain of my foot" (Wiesel, 86). In this quote, Wiesel is setting up a tone of surrender, of hopelessness. And the Jewish people don’t want to believe what’s in front of them. “She’s mad, poor soul…” this quote shows how they knew Madame Schächter wasn’t talking about a real fire bout about something else. Something they didn’t want to believe. Elie uses many tone, foreshadowing and diction to help enforce what he knew about the holocaust.
The tone of the novel is greatly influenced through the fact that the story is autobiographical. There seems to be only one agenda utilized by Elie in regards to the tone of the story as he presents the information for the readers’ evaluation. The point of the story is to provide the reader an emotional link to the horror of the holocaust through the eyes of one whom experienced those horrors. He presents the facts as to what he saw, thought, and felt during those long years in the camps. “The shock of this terrible awakening stayed with us for a long time. We still trembled from it.” The tone was that of a scared person. Someone who fears what’s coming and what’s already begun. There’s no telling what’s to become of them and who will survive if any. Elie has become Moshe. He tells his story, not for himself for he has already experienced the horrors, but to make sure that people are aware of what has happened, and so that it never happens again.
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