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What are examples of juxtaposition, motifs, or irony in Night by Elie Wiesel?  Please...

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kkawesome | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 29, 2012 at 10:12 PM via web

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What are examples of juxtaposition, motifs, or irony in Night by Elie Wiesel?

 

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 29, 2012 at 11:02 PM (Answer #1)

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There are many instances in which ideas or experiences are presented in juxtaposition - contrasting images placed close together - in Night, because the entire novel is filled with situations in which something that could or should appear to be pleasant or positive is contrasted with something horrible. Consider finishing the process of loading of the trains to transport the Jews away from Sighet.

One person was placed in charge of every car: if someone managed to escape, that person would be shot. Two Gestapo officers strolled down the length of the platform. They were all smiles; all things considered, it had gone very smoothly.

Elie and the others probably were not smiling or thinking things had "gone smoothly."

Probably the strongest recurring motif is Elie's struggle to reconcile the experiences he is enduring with the Jewish Scriptures he has learned. His struggles to see God in his surroundings, his attempts to find some solace in faith that he struggles to keep and then abandons - those are motifs. The recurring death scenes and experiences is another motif.

Irony is present in the contrasts between what had been expected or anticipated and what actually happened. One of the most ironic comments came from one of the other Jewish patients in the infirmary.

I have more faith in Hitler than in anyone else. He alone has kept his promises, all his promises, to the Jewish people.

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vkhyman95 | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted March 1, 2012 at 9:53 AM (Answer #2)

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I had to read this book for ninth grade during the summertime. It was a tough book to narrow down.

Eyes are a big motif in the book, but that's about all I can remember.

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