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Where in the book Night, by Elie Wiesel, does Elie mention how skinny they are?I need...

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Posted November 28, 2012 at 1:06 AM via web

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Where in the book Night, by Elie Wiesel, does Elie mention how skinny they are?

I need some evidence about how the lack of food and drink affected Eliezer, but I can't find the page that mentions their dramaticially skinny frame.

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 28, 2012 at 2:00 AM (Answer #1)

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Elie Wiesel's first person novella, Night, details the horror he and his father suffered at the hands of the Nazis during the Holocaust. Elie offers a straightforward and detailed telling of the horrors he faced during his time in Auschwitz.

Many times throughout the novel, Elie details the impact the lack of food and drink had on both his and the bodies of the others in the concentration camps. Perhaps the most poignant quote from the novel, depicting his emaciated appearance, comes in the final lines.

From the depths of the mirror, a corpse gazed back at me.

This one line illuminates how thin Elie has become. Essentially, he is a walking skeleton.

Another quote which speaks to the prisoners emaciated frames is found on page 84 (of the 25th Anniversary edition).

His body was completely twisted, shriveled up into itself.

Here, Elie is describing his own father. His father has lost so much weight that his own body is shriveling up.

Earlier, on page 74, Elie recalls a Hungarian Jew who was lying in the hospital next to him. He describes the man as "skin and bone, with dead eyes."


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