Identify an example of juxtaposition from section 1 of Night by Elie Wiesel.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I certainly think that one of the strongest juxtapositions offered lies in the tears of Moshe the Beadle.  Moshe, a character in the town of Sighet, who is not really outwardly rejected at first, but rather more tolerated, is the first one to see the Nazi atrocities and report it back to the townspeople.  His narrative of seeing children used as target practice, along with the mountain of corpses within which he had to hide is chilling.  The emotional force of the juxtaposition of him running back to tell the townspeople what awaits them and their rejection of him is stunningly powerful.  It is a juxtaposition that captures the inhumanity that was inflicted by human beings on one another.  It is a juxtaposition that brings to light so much horror in what is about to be detailed.  At the same time, there is a stunning painful juxtaposition in Moshe crying not at what he experienced, but rather at being shunned and treated with scorn by his fellow villagers.  His sentiment of "I only came to warn you" is met with his rejection, something that causes a sense of despondency in the opening of the narrative and something that creates a juxtaposition both within Eliezer and the reader of what is to be experienced.

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