Stages in "Night" by Elie Wiesel Book Review by Master Researcher

Stages in "Night" by Elie Wiesel
A literary review of Eli Wiesel's "Night".
# 36006 | 774 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Sep 21, 2003 in Literature (German) , Holocaust Studies (General)

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This paper presents a review of "Night" by Elie Wiesel. The paper outlines the stages of the author's descent into the Holocaust. The paper discusses the first stage of disbelief and optimism, the next stage of understanding that he is dealing with monsters and horrific atrocities, until he reaches the pinnacle of his descent after the death of his father.

From the Paper:

"It is possible to identify distinct stages in Wiesel's descent into the Holocaust.
"The first stage was one of disbelief and optimism. No one in the village thought that the Holocaust was real. They didn't think that the Germans would harm them. In fact, they thought that the very thought of a Holocaust in the 20th Century was unheard of. When Moshe the Beadle told his story no one believed him. It simply seemed ludicrous that all the foreign Jewish people would be taken and killed.
"Next, there was optimism, people thought that it wouldn't be bad at all. "The first impressions of the Germans were most reassuring. The officers were billeted in private houses, even in the homes of Jews..." (Wiesel 7) Even when the Jewish people moved to the ghettos, there was still hope. The ghettos were like "a little Jewish republic..." (Wiesel 10). People thought that they would simply stay in the ghettos until the war was over (Wiesel 10).
"When the author's father went to the council meeting, the mood began to change. A second stage begins. That is when we learn that the entire ghetto will be wiped out. The people will be deported. There is also a scary shroud of mystery as no one knows the destination for the deportation. I feel that we drift between a sense of relief when we learned that his family will be the last to go. There is almost a sense of normality in the mood as the family eats together for the last time (Wiesel 19)."

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