Analyzation of a quote from the novel Night by Elie Weisel.

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In the novel, Night, Elie Weisel tells the story of the Holocaust through his point of view. The quotation, "Everywhere rooms lay open. Doors and windows gaped into the emptiness. Everything was free for anyone, belonging to nobody. It was simply a matter of helping oneself. An open tomb. A hot summer sun." takes place when the Jews from one ghetto are moved into another. The significance of this quotation is that the Jews formerly living in the ghetto had had to abandon all of their belongings, leaving them open for anyone to take. When the other group of Jews were relocated into the abandoned ghetto, they had to use what the others had left behind. There is a sense of desolation and emptiness in the quote, especially when the quote states, "Doors and windows gaped into the emptiness." and "It was simply a matter of helping oneself. An empty tomb."

The ghetto was transformed into a ghost town when the first group of Jews left, and was temporarily filled with life once again when the next group of Jews moved in. This quote is showing that the ghetto's emptiness is a continous cycle.