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What is significant about the title of the book ''Night"?

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bennett3 | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 13, 2007 at 12:09 AM via web

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What is significant about the title of the book ''Night"?

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clane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted November 13, 2007 at 12:23 AM (Answer #1)

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Night is a very personal time for Elie and so it is a strong symbol throughout the book. At the beginning of the book Night, Elie feels that night is the only time when he is certain that he is safe so he treasures the hours of darkness. He uses night to measure time that has passed as well. As the book progresses nighttime ceases to be a safe place for Elie and it changes. He agonizes at night and just tried to survive most of them, barley clinging to life at some points because he almost loses his will to live. The book also has very dark tones to it because of the subject matter and night is a good symbol for darkness of mind and spirit.

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cidwick | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted March 20, 2008 at 9:43 AM (Answer #2)

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Night is a driving symboL for the author.  It is night when most of the significan events happen. Weisle's own struggle with his experience evoke the connatations of darkness. Ellie first expereinces darkness when he realizes that his mentor is ineffective in his warning to the Jews.  Weizel's loss of faith, his witnessing of sensless death, his horrendous 40-mile run in the night-time escape, the screaming woman on the train, who, in the darkenss of night sees the hopless future of the women and children who will not surive, the "night" of the loss of faith, the night of the destruction of varios imortant people in Ellie's life, but MOST SIGNIFICANTLY, the darkness that surrounds the plight of the Jewish in the face of not only the Nazi abomination, but also in the "giving up" of the Jews. as a result of the inability to believe that such a horror could possibly touch, reach, disaffect, and, ultimately destroy many of them.  It is the NIGHT of man's destruction against man.

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