Can this quote be applied in the memoir Night, by Elie Wiesel?  If so, can you give me some examples and details how this quote applies to the story. Meaning, a few examples from the memoir...

Can this quote be applied in the memoir Night, by Elie Wiesel?

 

If so, can you give me some examples and details how this quote applies to the story. Meaning, a few examples from the memoir explaining that the quote below it true and agreeable. Details from the book explaining how the quote can be agreed. A valid interpretation of the statement, using reference. I'm sorry I don't quite know how to explain it, if you wouldn't mind helping me, and have any questions, please message me. Thank you.

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“ When writers write from a place of insight and real caring about the truth, they have the ability to throw the lights on for the reader “

 

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

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The quote implies that when art is composed from a location of pure and personal truth, there is a level of empathy and understanding that emerges within the reader.  In my mind, this is especially valid in discussing Wiesel's work.  On one level, the very idea of a Holocaust survivor speaking of their experiences is indicative of a "place of insight." Each word spoken would represent a "real caring about the truth."  Finally, any such narrative is able to "Throw the lights on for the reader" as the reader gains a brief glimpse into a moment of time that few others could even begin to envision.  In terms of the text itself, I would search for the "moments" where such truth emerges.  Perhaps, it could be the description of all the Jewish individuals packed in the railroad car, or the silencing of Madame Schachter because these moments are constructed in a such a truthful and intense manner.  Another such moment might be the hanging of the child, where the horrors of existence can be fully recognized.  Frankly, any such description would work as articulating truth and being able to arouse a level of understanding within the reader.

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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The quote “ When writers write from a place of insight and real caring about the truth, they have the ability to throw the lights on for the reader," is an excellent quote in which to relate Elie Wiesel's book "Night."  Elie Wiesel experience life in several concentration camps.  He was a survivor who could bring his own observations to the world about the atrocities of the Nazi's treatment of Jews, Gypsies, Homosexuals, Jehovah Witnesses, and other persons who were tortured and eradicated by the Nazi movement of ethnic cleansing.   

At first Mr. Weisel did not want to share his story with the world but as he talked about it with others, he became aware that by the reader seeing the the Holocaust experience as a mental image through words would help people understand the horrific events and the need not to have such an occurrence ever happen again.  The Light is the reality that it did happen and it happened through Elie's truth, and he wants people to have their minds turned on to the truth of what happened in concentration camps and to the people who were killed or tortured at the hands of the Nazis. 

In the book a man yells out

"Let the world learn of the existence of Auschwitz.  Let everybody hear about it, " (23)

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