Night by Eli Wiesel is the story of the Holocaust. It offers a detailed look at the atrocities suffered by the Jewish people during this time. It's an important book because it gives us the opportunity to experience how horrible it was for ourselves. By knowing the past, we're able...
Night by Eli Wiesel is the story of the Holocaust. It offers a detailed look at the atrocities suffered by the Jewish people during this time. It's an important book because it gives us the opportunity to experience how horrible it was for ourselves. By knowing the past, we're able to take steps to avoid another Holocaust in the future.
Your question asks for an analysis of Moishe the Beadle and Madame Schächter. I'll start with Madame Schächter. She's a woman in her fifties who is transported to the concentration camp with Elie. Madame Schächter has already been separated from her family, and she is distraught during the train ride. She hallucinates and begins experiencing visions of massive flames and the pain that awaits for the Jews at the camp. The other prisoners on the train don't believe her. They actually beat up and silence her to get her to be quiet.
Moishe the Beadle is a poor Jew who is one of the first prisoners transported to the concentration camp. However, he manages to escape and returns to his home, Sighet. Once there, he warns the other citizens of the town about the impending Nazi invasion and how horrible it will be for all of them. However, the Jews in town ignore and ostracize him. Moishe is left with no way to save the people he cares about.
On the surface, these characters look very different. Sure they are both Jews from Sighet. But Moishe the Beadle is poor, a man, and a teacher. Miss Schächter is none of these things. Still, there are similarities between the two characters. They each have a foresight of the atrocities that the Nazis are going to commit against the Jewish people. They each try to warn their neighbors, but neither of them is taken seriously.
These characters and the way that the other Jewish folks react to them remind us of how utterly insane the Holocaust was. Madame Schächter and Moishe the Beadle weren't taken seriously, because how could anyone believe that what they were saying was really happening? They're describing a horrific event that had never happened to these people before. It must have sounded crazy to be warned of the Holocaust before experiencing it for yourself. I think that's what Elie Wiesel intends to show us with these characters and their stories.