In Chapter 1 of Night, why don't the townspeople heed Moche the Beadle's warnings?

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scarletpimpernel eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The Jews of Sighet do not believe Moche the Beadle for two reasons.  First, he has always been the town's outcast; Wiesel even describes him as a clownlike figure.  Secondly, Wiesel chooses to use his family and community members' disbelief in this first chapter to foreshadow their continued disbelief throughout his memoir.  They even dismiss clear warnings from credible sources in Chapter One--they move into the ghetto, believing that their situation cannot worsen; they wear the stars, believing that it is simply a form of identification.