Why is the book Night by Elie Wiesel an effective book?
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In my classroom, I find Night to be most effective in a couple of ways:
1. It demonstrates with great vivid imagery a true account of what happened during the Holocaust. My students are always horrified by the way babies were used for target practice in the air. People were put in lines and some went to be burned in a crematorium while others went to live a pointless work-filled life. Families were separated, and those who had a future quickly learned how their previous loved ones lost theirs.
2. The first chapters demonstrate many warning signs of a problem with humanity that could have been solved earlier by a possible very bloody revolution. The most shocking feature of the novel is perhaps how the Jews just took what happened to them. They did not fight, they did not organize, they did not rebel. This instance only occurred 60-70 years ago. It is important to remember what humanity is capable of doing to itself so that future generations do not repeat such atrocities.
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