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"Night"
An analysis of Elie Wiesel's 1958 autobiographical account of his life during the Holocaust.
# 24477 | 1,800 words | 5 sources | 2002 | US
Published on Apr 12, 2003 in History (European - World Wars) , Holocaust Studies (General)


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Analysis of Elie Wiesel's 1958 autobiographical account of his life during the Holocaust. Discusses the book as an exploration of personal identity. Centers on the ordeals Wiesel faced and how he lived through the horrors. His changed concept of God. Life in the concentration camp. Destruction of his family and his faith.

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"Introduction


Elie Wiesel's autobiographical account of his life through the period of the Holocaust, Night, is a terrifying account of the horrors of that period through the eyes of a child who sees his family killed and whose own spirit is sorely tested even these many years later as he looks back on these events. The book is powerful and affecting, and it also serves as a very strong portrayal of the entire era of which the Holocaust is a part. This book presents the real effects of history, not the changes in leadership and the movements of armies but the changes in the lives of real individuals who become the victims of other people's hatreds an ambitions. The book can also be seen as an exploration of personal identity and an attempt for one man to come to grips with the fact that he has survived..."

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