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What are some examples of imagery in Night by Elie Wiesel?

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candaced | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 26, 2009 at 2:34 AM via web

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What are some examples of imagery in Night by Elie Wiesel?

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted January 30, 2009 at 10:19 AM (Answer #1)

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Weisel's memoir of the horrors of Nazi occupation and confinement in concentration camps is full of imagery. They are powerful, haunting, shocking images of what it was like for Weisel and other Jewish people at the time.

One of the most striking images is that of fire. In the train car, Madame Schachter becomes delirious and raves about a huge fire that will consume them all. It won't be long until Weisel learns that her delusion was actually prophetic, that fire awaits those who are not chosen to work.

Another image that haunts Weisel is that of the young boy who is hanged for refusing to give information about weapons that had been discovered hidden by one of the camp inmates. The boy and the man who had hidden the weapons were hanged, but the boy was so small that it took him a long time to die. Weisel had described the boy as having the face of an angel. After the hanging, there was nothing angelic about him.

A third image is that of the violin. One of the inmates has managed to keep his treasured violin with him, and on the night that they are made to run barefoot through the snow to another camp, many men die of starvation and exposure. Weisel hears music and wonders who could possibly play while corpses are piled all around them. It is the man who had saved his precious violin, and in the morning he too is dead.

Death, hunger, piles of clothing, ashes--all are images in this book.

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thewanderlust878 | TA , Grade 12 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted December 15, 2014 at 11:43 PM (Answer #2)

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Night by Elie Weisel is a beautiful (terrible, but beautiful) short novel. In this autobiography Weisel describes his time as a young boy during the Nazi occupation in the 1940's. He does a wonderful job of describing the terrible things that happened to him, and he does it mostly through imagery. 

Good examples of imagery in this book include when Weisel describes his time in the concentration camps, when he describes the horrid conditions he and his peers as forced to live in. The descriptions of death, the camps, and even the people are all examples of imagery. 

Hope this helps!

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