Explain the significance of these quotes in POINT FORM. Remember it may reveal many aspects of a character, pathos,irony,themes,imagery, tension etc. I remained in Buchenwald until April 11. I...

Explain the significance of these quotes in POINT FORM. Remember it may reveal many aspects of a character, pathos,irony,themes,imagery, tension etc.

I remained in Buchenwald until April 11. I shall not describe my life during that period. It no longer mattered. Since my father’s death, nothing mattered to me anymore.”   (113)

 

“From the depths of the mirror, a corpse was contemplating me. The look in his eyes as he gazed at me has never left me.” (115)

 

"A prolonged whistle split the air. The wheels began to grind. We were on our way." (Wiesel, 20)

 

I pinched my face. Was I still alive? Was I awake? I could not believe it.

How could it be possible for them to burn people, children, and for the world to keep silent? No, none of this could be true. It was a nightmare. Soon I should wake with a stort, my heart pounding, and find myself back in my bedroom of my childhood, among my books."

 

The yellow star? Oh well, what of it? You don't die of it."
- Elie Wiesel, Night,
Ch. 1

 

"The night was gone. The morning star was shining in the sky. I too had become a completely different person. The student of the Talmud, the child that I was, had been consumed in the flames. There remained only a shape that looked like me. A dark flame had entered into my soul and devoured it."

 

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clairewait eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is a long question and I fear answering it directly would give you the answers to your entire assigment.  There is a way to tackle it, however, that will make the process easier for you - and allow you to learn something.

Here is what I would do, and in this exact order.

  1. I would first put all quotes in chronological order.
  2. Then, answer "Who, what, where," for each.  Who said it?  What was going on or where were they when it was said.
  3. Finally, add one or two words of significance (why is this important, what does it reveal?) - look for any literary elements first, like the assignment says.  Is the quote spoken in irony?  Does it support a major theme of the novel?  Is the author using imagery (description pertaining to the five senses) and what sense is being appealed to?  Is something in the quote symbolic, and if so, how?  If you cannot find a literary element that is represented, then the quote is most likely revealing characterization (a major personality trait or change in a character).

I think if you break each down into these three questions, you'll not only come up with something for each a little easier, but you'll be more familiar with the text itself, which will greatly help you on the exam, but also help you do this on future assignments.