What is an example of imagery in Night by Elie Wiesel?

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Imagery is the use of sensory details to enhance description in literature. In Night, Elie Wiesel uses imagery to describe the horrors of the Holocaust and allows the reader to comprehend the sights, sounds, touch, and even smells. For example, Elie describes the harsh winter at the concentration camp using touch and feel imagery when he writes, "Winter had arrived. The days became short and the nights almost unbearable. From the first hours of dawn, a glacial wind lashed us like a whip" (77).


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Imagery is a literary term for descriptive language that appeals to the reader's five senses. Elie Wiesel employs imagery when he describes the harsh winter in the concentration camp. Wiesel writes,

"Winter had arrived. The days became short and the nights almost unbearable. From the first hours of dawn, a glacial wind lashed us like a whip" (77).

He goes on to say,

"The stones were so cold that touching them, we felt that our hands would remain stuck. But we got used to that too" (Wiesel 78).

Elie's use of imagery appeals to the reader's sense of touch and feel. The reader can imagine the harsh...

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