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  • The memoir takes place mainly in Jewish concentration camps. The problem in the story was that Eliezer and his family were taken to a concentration camp and were treated very poorly. Throughout the entire book Elie suffered with starvation and not being treated fairly. 
  • Exposition
  • I am Eliezer Wiesel the main character in the book.
  • I am Eliezer's father and I stay with him throughout most of the memoir.
  • After spending weeks in the Ghettos the Jews were finally sent in trains (80 people to a single cattle car) to the concentration camps. They were barely fed on the trains and they stayed on them for a few days at least. On the train a woman who was separated from her husband and second kid started seeing fire even though there was nothing there.
  • Conflict
  • Elie is sent to his first concentration camp and here, along with all the other camps, they were starved. Elie also began to ponder over whether God was real or not. He felt this way because God seemed to be silent during that time of suffering.
  • Rising Action
  • Is God even real?
  • After working for several months Elie's foot got infected. This was the least of his worries; he still needed to make sure his father was okay. There was a rumor of Russian troops who were on their way to destroy the concentration camps. This meant that if Elie could not walk on his foot he would be left for the dead.
  • Climax
  • Elie and so many others were forced to run for miles to get away from their old camp and go to a new one. During this time many died and Elie came close to it as well. After running for so long they finally boarded another cattle car with 100 people in a car, by the time they made it to the new camp only 12 had survived.
  • Falling Action
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  • Elie's father died due to dysentery and there was nothing that could have been done to help save him. Shortly after his death American troops finally arrived to free all the victims of the Holocaust. Elie was severely malnourished and ill, during his time at the hospital he looked in a mirror and saw nothing but a corpse.
  • Resolution
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