Night Plot Diagram

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  • Exposition
  • Conflict
  • Rising Action
  • In the exposition, Eliezer and his family are introduced in their home town of Sighet. Elie is eager to learn more about the Kabbalah. He meets Moishe the Beadle, who becomes his religious mentor. They often stay up late studying their religion, showing how much Elie values God.
  • Climax
  • The conflict begins when German troops occupy Sighet. At first the Germans don't seem cruel or harsh. However, many edicts were put into place, limiting Jewish rights. Soon after, the Jews of Sighet were sent to ghettos.
  • Falling Action
  • The treatment of Elie and other Jews become increasingly worse when they are sent off to Birkenau. When they arrive, men and women are split up. Elie is taken away from his sisters and mother, a key part of his personal values.
  • Resolution
  • During the climax, the SS officers forced Elie and the rest of his block to march in "evacuation". Elie, recovering from a foot surgery, decided that he would march through the icy wind and snow with his father. While many people died along the journey, it gave Elie hope they would soon be free.
  • The death of Elie's dad occurred during the falling action of Night. His dad's death took away the last of his family. Elie describes the period after his father's death as a time nothing mattered.
  • On April 11, Eliezer was liberated from Buchenwald by American tanks. Throughout his journey against the Nazis, Elie had lost his community, family, and faith. The first thought Elie had after being freed was getting food to eat. Elie's freedom signals a resolution to Night.
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