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In Night, what are some rhetorical strategies Wiesel uses on pages 8 and 9 to narrate...

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nickr | Salutatorian

Posted October 31, 2012 at 3:54 AM via web

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In Night, what are some rhetorical strategies Wiesel uses on pages 8 and 9 to narrate the events of the German invasion?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 31, 2012 at 7:22 AM (Answer #1)

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When the Germans finally arrive in Sighet, it is clear that this event brings great fear and trepidation to the Jews of this community. What is particularly noticeable about the way that the author communicates this event is the discordant, broken sentence structure that creates a syncopated feel. Note the following example:

Anguish. German soldiers--each with their steel helmets and their death's head emblem.

Note the way that this paragraph begins with two incomplete sentences. The emphasis that is placed on the first word, "Anguish," is heightened through it being given a sentence all to itself. It helps express the shock, fear and bafflement that almost robs the author and his Jewish community of the power of words to express their emotions. The second sentence likewise emphasises this sense of fear through the focus of the "steel helmets" and "death's head emblem" of the German soldiers. For the Jewish community, the arrival of the soldiers is automatically associated with the fear of death and war, as symbolised through their helmets and the emblem they proudly bear.

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