Quote a passage from the novel that is significant in demonstarting the author's theme in Night. Explain the context from which the passage is taken and how the passage is significant in communicating the author's theme.

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One of the most important themes of the book is we can never forget the atrocities that took place in the Holocaust. 

The horrors of the Holocaust can’t be denied.  In writing his memoir, Wiesel’s goal was to make sure everyone understood what happened by making them experience it firsthand.  He writes his story in stark honesty.  It is impossible not to feel what he feels.

A perfect example of this is when Elie arrives at Auschwitz.  An S.S. office informs the prisoners that they must never forget where they arrive.  There is certainly no need for them to be reminded.

Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith forever.

Never shall I forget the nocturnal silence that deprived me for all eternity of the desire to live.

Never shall I forget those moments that murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to ashes. (p. 34)

Any one of these quotes, or the collection of them, would work for your purposes.  Night is a book about remembering, and making sure others remember.  The effects of the horrible experience were long-suffered, not only by those who died, but by those who lived and lost loved ones. 

The effect on Wiesel’s faith is another reason why I chose this quote.  He speaks of the flames that consumed his faith, and how the experience murdered his God.  A deeply religious boy before the experience, Elie experiences a crisis of faith in the camps as he sees the atrocities that people can commit on one another.  He can never forget, and he wants to make sure we don’t either.

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