How are the metaphors in "Night" effectively used?

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The metaphor of the title "Night" is effective because of the darkness the pervades the book. Wiesel's title compares the night with the sleepy passiveness of the world as the atrocities he describes take place. There is a fumbling in the darkness mood throughout the novel.

Wiesel also uses the metaphor of hell often in this book, especially the beginning. Hell as a metaphor seems cliche, but because of the horror and evil described in the novel, it becomes uniquely effective.