What literary movement or literary period is Night by Elie Wiesel? 

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that a compelling argument could be made for Wiesel's work to be representative of the post- modern school of thought.  I think that one can see the presence of deconstructionism throughout the narrative.  The fact that the exposition of the work is set against Eliezer studying and learning the word of Hebrew faith and believing in the word of God is something that is challenged with his experiences in the various camps.  The repudiation that is seen at Auschwitz and in his line that "God is hanging in the gallows" is a post- modern idea that the once accepted premise of God's benevolence and presence is representative of the thought process of the movement.  At the same time, there is a certain level of disintegration in terms of being able to judge Eliezer and other victims of the Holocaust.  The idea of postmodern thought forcing the reader to assess all aspects of a situation and being unable to pass clear judgments is seen in Wiesel's work.  The characters who do what is needed in order to survive are almost beyond criticism, for we, as readers, cannot fully say what we would have done had we been in their own settings.  When the reader sees children betraying parents, parents betraying children, and the dissolving of bonds in terms of a lack of mobilized resistance, it is almost a morality play in which the reader is included.  Postmodern thought is very dependent on the idea of disintegrating traditional boundaries and art redefining how the individual perceives the work as well as themselves for the audience is a part of the work.  Wiesel's work accomplishes this very element.

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