Elie Wiesel’s Technique in 'Night'

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Elie Wiesel's Technique in Night

In this excerpt of Night by Elie Wiesel, Wiesel successfully uses many writing techniques to portray a nearly life-like perspective of his experience at a concentration camp during the Holocaust. Wiesel uses techniques such as description, dialogue, and first-person narration in this amazing story (Edward).

There are descriptions found in Night which seemingly put you right there in Eliezer's shoes. "…They were giving out black 'coffee,'" (shortly after, this black 'coffee' was revealed to be just hot black water). These descriptions open the readers' minds to the atrocities of the Holocaust and concentration camps. Simply reading and learning about this saddening event in a classroom does not do any justice to these victims (Hernandez). We take it for granted, our knowledge of knowing how many people were killed by Nazi's and having a general idea of the lifestyle these innocent people had in the concentration camps.

Today, people fail to realize what it feels like not knowing what was going on or what is going to happen next, to either themselves or their beloved family and friends (Seidman).

Wiesel also uses dialogue to enhance this reading excerpt in a successful attempt to portray what he had to go through and the mindset of some of the victims. "Listen to me, boy. Don't forget that you're in a concentration camp. Here, every man has to fight for himself and not think of anyone else. Even of his father. Here, there are no fathers, no brothers, no friends. Everyone lives and dies for himself alone." After reading this line, one will truly realize how terrible of a place and event this was. What place other place on earth would make someone not think of anyone else, such as your own father?

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