Can someone give me 3 times of when Wiesel was extremely personal in the memoir Night?Please explain to me how he reacted, while those 3 concurrences happened.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There will be many answers to this question because the entire memoir is quite personal.  I would that the very essence of the memoir is personal because it is reflective of Wiesel's own experience.  The description of being separated from family members was quite personal, reflecting a moment of intense pain and agonizing hurt.  I would also suggest that the description of Birkenau, and the "Never Will I Forget" series of imagery is personal.  It is a moment where Eliezer/ Wiesel confronts both the very worst of human nature and the reality of asking a divine power as to why what is happening is actually happening.  It seems very personal to me because this would be a natural question anyone would ask when confronting the terror and pain of the Holocaust.  Finally, the statement that "God is in the Gallows" when the child was executed was another personal moment because it represented a death of one's faith in spirituality, the essence of personal reflection.

mkcapen1 | Student

In Elie Weisel's book "Night" he tells his story of life during the Holocaust, his personal experiences, and his experience in concentration camps.  Elie Weisel has shared some very personal experiences, but one of the most significant is his candor about becoming frustrated at having to care for his father.  His father had become weaker when they were sent to Buchenwald, and he had left him outside.  When he went back to look for him he stated;

"Don't let me find him.  If only I could get rid of the dead weight."

It was very personal to reveal feelings of such dept towards a father that he had loved so dearly.

After a night of his father suffering a guard comes in and hits his father.  Elie coils back refusing to acknowledge his father because of his own fear of being subjected to harm.  He does not go and comfort him.

Finally, his father dies, and Elie does not cry.  He feels relief because he is free from the burden. (106)

All three episodes of his sharing his own personal emotions and responses to the crisis with his father are very difficult and personal experiences. Elie does not try to cover up his errors or own humanness.


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