The exposition introduces Elie Wiesel, the main character of this autobiography, along with his three sisters, mom, and dad. They grow up in a place called Sighet, Transylvania during the time period of World War II. They are Jewish, and Elie especially, is very devoted to the studies of the Kabbalah and meets a man named Moishe the Beadle who teaches him about the Kabbalah.
The conflict of this story occurs when all of the foreign Jews are deported from Hungary, including Moishe the Beadle. The rest of the Jews in Hungary began to worry if the German front will will reach them and if they will be deported as well. Moishe warns the people of Sighet, but they do not believe him and eventully they will all be deported.
Life in the concentration camps is brutal and Elie and his father have been sent to Auschwitz and separated from the rest of their family. Elie becomes more and more separated from God and over time he and his father are getting closer to death. They are starved, overworked, and life is brutal while everyone around them is dying.
The climax of this story occurs when Elie's father dies and all of Elie's true emotions and the wrath of the Holocaust pour out freely. His father died January 28, 1945 and the Jews became free on April 11th of that same year. Elie was extremely tight with his father throughout the course of the Holocaust and it was their bond that kept them alive.
Elie remains in the Buchenwald camp until he is set free on April 11th along with the rest of the camp. Elie has mixed feelings about his father's death but since his father's death, nothing matters to him anymore. Right after he is free, he gets extreme food poisoning and he spends two weeks trapped etween life and death. Elie does not commit any acts of revenge and the war is coming to an end.
The resoltion in this novel is the fact that Elie fails to recognize himself in the mirror and who he has become. Elie refers to himself as a puzzled corpse and says, "The look in his eyes as he gazed at me has never left me" (Wiesel 115). Elie is a completely changed man and the events of the Holocaust have devastated him.