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  • Exposition
  • Conflict
  • Rising Action
  • In 1944, Sighet, Transylvania, 12 year old Elie Wiesel studies Jewish mysticism and Talmund. Moishe the Beadle, a jack-of-all-trades in the Hasidic house of prayer, assists and guides Elie in his studies of Kabbalah. 
  •                                               Climax
  • World War ll has been going on for three years, yet the people of Sighet are not worried. Moishe, a foreigner taken to be shot, escapes and goes to Sighet to tell others of what he has seen but the people in Sighet think that the war will end before it can reach Hungary. 
  • Falling Action
  • After the German soldiers invade Elie's town, ghettos are formed to hold the Jews. Elie's father soon learns that they will be deported to a concentration camp. After a three day journey, Elie and his father are put into the same cattle car as Mrs. Schächter, who screams about seeing bodies burning in fire. The Jews then realize that their lives are going downhill.
  • Resolution
  • After Elie's family arrive at Birkenau, Elie and his father are separated from his mother and sister. After spending some time at Birkenau, they go to Auschwiz. After Auschwitz, they go to Buna where they work in the electrical factory. At Buna, Elie realizes that death is not cruel and regains his hope he lost when he originally was taken by the Nazis. 
  • After having an operation on his foot, Elie decides to leave the camp, thinking that the Nazis would kill him if he stayed behind. He then marches in the snow with the other prisoners for fifty miles, making his foot bleed. Many of the prisoners die, with only twelve remaining when the train reached Buchenwald. Elie and his father support each other in order to survive.
  • Elie's father dies from dysentery in Buchenwald, and leaves Elie feeling both relief and guilt. After being liberated on April 11, 1945, he stares at his own reflection in a mirror, not knowing who he was anymore, saying that "...a corpse contemplated me. The look in his eyes as he gazed at me has never left me" (Wiesel, 115). 
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