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In chapter 4 of Night, what makes Elie and the other prisoners cry over one particular...

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yashira17 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted April 7, 2009 at 7:41 AM via web

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In chapter 4 of Night, what makes Elie and the other prisoners cry over one particular hanging?

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angelofgrace | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 29, 2009 at 5:58 AM (Answer #1)

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This hanging was different because a child was being hung. The young boy was light so he didnt die imediately. The prisoners were forced to stand there and wathch the boys slow death process. The boys hanging signified the death of innocence to Elie. The boy had been tortured then killed but had kept silent through the whole thing. He had done nothing wrong but was being punished.

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted April 7, 2009 at 10:31 AM (Answer #2)

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During this section of Elie's story he relates the affect that a hanging has on them.  They arrive back from a work detail and they are called into formation to witness a hanging of three prisoners.  This particular hanging is worse than the others because there is a boy being hanged.  There is a graphic description of how the bodies dropped and the ropes tightened.  The men died almost immediately, but the boy was too light and he kicked and wiggled and didn't die right away.  It took a long time and they all had to stand and watch the entire dying process.

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