What does night symbolize, as a theme and idea, in Elie Wiesel's novel Night?
In many ways, night comes to represent the evil that Elie is forced to face in his world.
While living in the ghetto, this image is used as a transition of mood. Consider the mood in this section:
A sunny spring day, people strolled seemingly carefree through the crowded streets. They exchanged cheerful greetings. Children played games, rolling hazelnuts on the sidewalks. Some schoolmates and I were in Ezra Malik's garden studying a Talmudic treatise.
The mood is light and there is a ray of hope in the interactions of the people, then that mood is cut with one very short sentence:
At this point, the mood changes and Elie's world quickly changes as well. Rumors begin to circulate; people become suspicious and fearful. Word quickly arrives to confirm their fears: they will soon be transported away from their home.
We see this image again as they are offered a place of hiding by their former maid:
My father wouldn't hear of it. He told me and my big sisters, "If you wish, go there. I...
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