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In the book Night, by Elie Wiesel, there was a friend of Elie's that played music while...

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theegreenolive | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 25, 2011 at 11:27 PM via web

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In the book Night, by Elie Wiesel, there was a friend of Elie's that played music while everyone was dying in the snow, who was the friend?

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 26, 2011 at 2:18 AM (Answer #1)

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You are correct that it was Juliek, a tiny young Polish boy--who recognized that he would not survive the death march--begins to play Beethoven on the violin.  It is a marked contrast to the situation they are in, and to the main character/author; this makes it all the more beautiful.

It is a very short section of the book, which is cut off abruptly when Elie awakens to find young Juliek dead, his violin smashed to pieces.  It is perfect symbolism of the hopelessness of their situation, and Juliek had accepted this hopelessness, deciding to exit the world in the most beautiful way that he could.

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swimma-logan | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted May 26, 2011 at 2:08 AM (Answer #2)

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He played violin

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