Night Themes

Night key themes:

  • In Night, Eliezer and his companions confront death in many terrible forms, and find the will to stay alive only by keeping empathy and community alive.

  • Eliezer begins to doubt God’s justice; he feels his people have been abandoned in the death camps.

  • The theme of insanity weaves through the story as Madame Schachter hallucinates fire, Moshe the Beadle is disbelieved, and the camps themselves seem a nightmare devised by a madman.

  • The struggle to retain one’s identity and values in the face of death and starvation torments Eliezer, who keeps his father alive with increasing difficulty.


"Someone began to recite the Khaddish, the prayer for the dead. I do not know if it has ever happened before, in...

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