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What are similes and metaphors in chapters 4 through 9 of Night by Elie Wiesel?Please...

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amyenlow | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 10, 2011 at 8:11 AM via web

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What are similes and metaphors in chapters 4 through 9 of Night by Elie Wiesel?

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 19, 2011 at 1:22 AM (Answer #1)

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Keep in mind that as a figure of speech a metaphors and similes are direct comparisons of two things which are not literally similar.  A metaphor, unlike a simile, does not use "like" or "as."

There are metaphors used throughout this short book, most of which describe the anguish and despair the main character is feeling.  Depending on which translation of Night you are using, the language will be a little different.  As many schools have switched to the more modern translation by Marion Wiesel, here are a few examples of metaphors from it:

If one of us stopped for a second, a quick shot eleminated the filthy dog. (Section 6, p. 85)

The road was endless.  To allow oneself to be carried by the mob, to be swept away by blind fate. (Section 6, p. 87)

It is almost easier to find examples of similes within these pages because they are present almost on every page.  A few examples from the same section include:

I was putting one foot in front of the other, like a machine. (Section 6, p. 85)

These human waves were rolling forward [metaphor] and would have crushed me like an ant [simile]. (Section 6, p. 87)

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