What is the significance of "night" in the novel "Night"? Cite some examples from the story.

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clane eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Night is a concept that changes for Elie and the Jews of Sighet throughout the novel. At the beginning of the novel, night is a place where Elie feels that he is safe, in fact it is the only place that he finds solace because during the day the Jews of Sighet were being "relocated" to work camps, but at night, no one left. By the time Elie arrives in Auschwitz his view of night has completely transformed. He sees the flames and faces his own death, he even considers taking his own life to avoid burning alive. By that first night Elie recalls that, "Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, that turned my life into one long night seven time sealed." (Chapter 3) From this point on night is no longer safe, it is cold, it is hungry, and it breaks the spirits of even the most spiritual men.

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amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Night is "cover of darkness" also.  We must not forget to consider color symbols...black is almost never used in a story to indicate positive outcomes or personality traits.  It is in the dark that people who intend to do evil deeds play them out...so they will not be seen or caught.  In this book, the night symbolizes cold, lonely, and unfriendly times.  People freeze and starve and die in the night.