A major event that occurred in chapter 1 was when the Jewish community was evacuated from their homes. This also marks the beginning of the journey throughout the story. The journey starts when the text reads, "A prolonged whistle pierced the air. The wheels began to grind. We were on our way"(Wiesel22).
An important event from chapter 2 was when Mrs. Schachter constantly warned everyone of a fire. While everyone thought that she was crazy, she turned out to be a prophet. This is shown at the arrival of Birkenau "and as the train stopped, this time we saw flames rising from a tall chimney into a black sky" (Wiesel28).
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In this chapter, Elie realizes that an extended period of despair lies before him. This shown when Elie writes his poem of night. The poem reads, "Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget of the children whose bodies I saw transformed into smoke under a silent sky. Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith" (Wiesel34).
In this chapter, the inmates are forced to witness the hangings of a few people. With one of the victims being a child, many inmates would start to question their faith. This event takes place when the text reads, "But the third rope was still moving: the child, too light, was still breathing..." (Wiesel65).
Chapter 5 is where the first selection in the story takes place. One of the veterans explain the selection when they say, "In a few moments, selection will take place...you will go, one by one, before the SS officers. I hope you will pass" (Wiesel71).