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Describe any realizations, epiphanies, or lessons learned by Elie Wiesel in the memoir.

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kstaab | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 5, 2011 at 9:59 PM via web

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Describe any realizations, epiphanies, or lessons learned by Elie Wiesel in the memoir.

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted September 5, 2011 at 10:46 PM (Answer #1)

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Elie Wiesel learns many lesson from his experiences during WWII. He writes about many of them in his book Night. It would be impossible to describe all the revelations he has in the book without writing a term paper. Some of the simpler realizations have to do with changes in the lives of the Jewish people. He sees prominent community members beaten. He sees the disbelief of the community slowly change to fear. When Wiesel and his family were loaded onto a train, they never believed the horror that was waiting for them. It wasn't until they could see the fires and smell the horrible smoke that they realized what the Nazis were doing to them. Wiesel learns a lot about his personal strength and the strength of families. Parents would pass food to their children to help them survive. Children would work twice as hard to cover a weak parents inability to work. The horror or the events that Wiesel and the others suffered changed their lives forever.
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terryclaar | High School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted September 6, 2011 at 2:35 AM (Answer #2)

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Elie Wiesel did learn many lessons but the most predominant lesson he learned was the stong will of humans to survive, no matter what the circumstances. He witnessed a son attack his own father in the cattle train over a bit of crust. He himself was reduced to only thoughts of bread and soup; not revenge, not freedom. Simply bread and soup to keep himself alive. He also witnessed the Rabbi's son abandon his own father during the forced march through the snow when the son realized his father was slowing him down. Survival, the will to live of human beings was by far the strongest lesson Wiesel learned during his eternal "Night" that never ended.

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