What are three reasons why "Night" is a good book for learning about the Holocaust?

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

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There are many reasons why Night is a good book for learning about the Holocaust. For one thing, it was written by a concentration camp survivor, which gives it more credibility than a novel.

A second reason goes along with the first. Wiesel tells the story in such a way that it is like we are there beside him, experiencing everything he goes through. We learn what it was like to hear rumors about deportation, then being forced to live in a ghetto, and finally deportation, selection, and life in the camps.

Another reason why Night is a good resource for learning about the Holocaust is the way it is written. Wiesel is very graphic in telling readers what went on in the camps. We can feel his horror and mourn with him.

Night is an excellent, though painful, book to read.

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clane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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1. The book is historically sound, meaning that while it is a memoir, it follows history correctly and is a reliable account historically.

2. Elie Wiesel is giving a first hand account of how he remembers his own personal experience inside the camps. He talks about things that actually happened to him, his family, and his community.

3. Elie Wiesel brings the story to life with his vivid descriptions. He makes good use of several literary devices like personification, metaphors, extended metaphors, similes, hyperbole, onomatopoeia, and more. He appeals to every physical sense of his readers and he tugs at the hearts and minds of those readers as well.




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