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What was foreshadowed by Madame Schacter's nightmare in "Night"?

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Posted March 29, 2009 at 8:17 AM via web

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What was foreshadowed by Madame Schacter's nightmare in "Night"?

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troutmiller | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted March 29, 2009 at 10:26 AM (Answer #1)

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Madame Schacter's screams and nightmares predict their fate--even before they reach Birkenau.  She claims to see a fire, and this greatly disturbs those around her.  They try to calm her, but mostly they do this to comfort themselves.  Her screams don't help any of the tension they already feel. There's something ominous in her insane behavior.  As they get closer to Birkenau, they see the flames and realize how true and terrifying her nightmare really was.  Her visions and screams foreshadow them being burned at the camps.

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