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  • Exposition The memoir takes place in early world war II, it is written by Elie Wiesel and is a jewish family are living in Sighet, one day Elie’s good friend Moshe the beadle and the rest of the jewish foreigners are taken away in cattle cars. There are rumors going around that all of the Jews in Sighet are going to be taken away to concentration camps.
  • Sighet
  • Conflict The first major conflict that presented itself was a simple eight words, “Men to the left! Women to the right!”(Wiesel 3). This was when Elie and his father were separated from his mother and sister, this is the last time he will ever see them.  Elie and his father were alone now, and they had to stick together and keep their hope up.
  • Rising Action Elie was in Auschwitz when the allied forces neared the front, they had to be moved to the center of Germany, Elie and his father were already weak from all of the hard labor and rations of food. They were forced to run, it was snowing the whole time, they had to run for over 10 kilometers the first day and if they stopped for a break, they were shot on the spot. Finally on the second day they made it to a railroad and sat in the snow waiting for the Train. Once on the Train Elie notices his father is extremely weak and keeps trying to sleep, Elie tells him he has to stay awake or he will never wake up again his father starts to give up.
  • Climax Elie looks at his father etching his bloody face, then he decide he had to go to sleep or he would die also “I woke up at dawn on January 29. On my father's cot there lay another sick person”(Wiesel 112). Elie's father had died on January 28, 1945, Elie did everything he could throughout the entire journey to protect his father so they both survive and make it through this together. This made all of Elie's desire to live just drop off and he started to give up.
  • Falling Action Elie’s life was over, he had failed and his life no longer mattered for him anymore, he did everything he could but he just could not do it. He was transferred to the children's block since his father was no longer their for him. Elie spent is days in”total idleness”(Wiesel 113). He only had one desire, eat nothing else. Elie had lost the faith and fire inside him to get revenge or anything.
  • Resolution April 11, was Elie's last day in a concentration camp. At 6 o’clock that afternoon the first american tank stood at the gates of Buchenwald. They were finally free men, their first act as free me was to throw ourselves onto the provisions. All they wanted was some bread and some water since their rations had been cut off days ago.
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