Middle School Teacher
|(Level 1) Senior Educator
In the novel NIGHT by Elie Wiesel, three basic themes are evident. The theme of death is inevitable in a story about Auschwitz, and the quotation I would give you about death is when Elie first arrives at the camp. His father says to him, "Today, everything is posssible, even the crematoria.."Elie's account is written 'Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, that turned my life into one long night seven times sealed.' The theme of God and religion is a very hard one for Elie. In the death camps, he confesses, "in the depths of my heart, I felt a great void". The third theme is insanity versus sanity. Insanity is illustrated many times but the one that exemplifies the insanity of what is to come is Madame Schachter on the train. She has been separated from her husband and has lost her mind. Yet, she sees what they will see soon. She screams, "This terrible fire! Have mercy on us all!" They quiet her and yet again she screams, "Jews, listen to me, I see a fire! I see flames, huge flames!" And when the train arrived, they found her vision to be true. Elie Wiesel tells his story in Night to help the world see what the Holocaust truly was even if the world preferred THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK which was not so graphic.