NIGHT

NIGHT
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  • EXPOSITION
  • In the beginning of Night we are introduced to the narrator of the story, Elie Wiesel. Elie is fifteen year old boy in Sighet, Transylvania who is interested in learning about the Jewish mysticism. When Elie's dad refused to find him a mentor to teach him the secrets of mysticism Elie goes to Moshie the Beadle for help.
  • The story takes place during WW2, the time where Adolf Hitler had complete control over German. Based on Elie's recount, every foreign Jew had to leave Sighet; Moshie the Beadle was amongst the group. When Moshie escaped from the German soldiers he tried to warn everyone of the upcoming peril. 
  • CONFLICT
  • When Elie first encounters the soldiers, the first impression that he got from them was reassuring. However later on the kindness of the soldiers disappeared as Elie, his family, and a couple other people were forced out of their homes and into the Ghettos. After Elie and his family went to one Ghetto to the next, they arrived at the cattle car where they would be transported to a concentration camp.
  • RISING ACTION
  • As his father grew gradually weak, Elie tried to help him by providing the resource that he wanted (which was water). Suddenly, Elie realizes that there was nothing that he can do for his father; this resulted in him ignoring his father's cries. The next morning when he woke up, a different person was sleeping in his father's bed, giving us an indication that his father was sent to the crematorium.
  • CLIMAX
  • Near the end of the story, Elie talks about his final days at the concentration camp that he was residing in. In one of his final days a number of twenty thousand prisoners and a few hundred children were killed by the SS officers. Also, Elie mentions about hearing gunshots and exploding grenades inside the camp. Then around six o'clock, an American tank stood at the gates of Buchenwald.
  • FALLING ACTION
  • When the Jews were freed from captivity, they didn't show a single trace of wanting revenge on their tormentors. The only thing that was on their minds is enjoying their lives as free men. Elie on the other hand had to be sent to the hospital due to some form of poisoning that was causing him to become ill. On the final page of the book, Elie looks at himself in the mirror. While looking at himself, Elie says: "From the depths of the mirror, a corpse was contemplating me. The look in his eyes as he gazed at me has never left me."
  • RESOLUTION
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