You don't understand. You cannot understand. I was saved miraculously. I succeeded in coming back. Where did I get my strength? I wanted to return to Sighet to describe to you my death so that you might ready yourselves while there is still time. Life? I no longer care to live. I am alone. But I wanted to come back to warn you. Only no one is listening to me... (Wiesel 7)
The characters of Night are first introduced in the town of Sighet. In the exposition of the book, Elie's father, mother, and siblings are introduced as well as Elie's teacher Moshe the Beadle. Moshe returns from being deported and brings horror stories of the Nazis that the Jews of Sighet refuse to believe.
The Jews of Sighet are introduced to their first conflict when the Nazis arrive in Sighet. They quickly create two ghettos that are also themselves quickly disolved when the Jews are deported. The Jews were packed with, "eighty persons in each one" (Wiesel 22). The Germans also display their cruelty when they placed one person in charge of each car and, "... if someone managed to escape, that person would be shot" (Wiesel 22).
The rising action of Night takes place within the concentration camps of Birkenau and Auschwitz. During this time Elie and his father are separated from his mother and sisters as well as being exposed to horrors that no human should be exposed to. In Auschwitz, Elie is also whipped for his witnessing something he should not have witnessed. This is just one example of the rights violations in the camps they experienced.
The climax of Night takes place during the hangings in Auschwitz. A young boy is found to have been connected to a sabotage and weapon cache inside the camp. While the pipel, along with three other prisoners, is hanged he does not die due to his small stature. The prisoners are horrified by this and Elie describes the meal that night, "... tasted of corpses" (Wiesel 65).
The falling action in the book occurs when Elie's father dies while in Buchenwald. The two, along with their entire bock (which starts with one hundred and ends with twelve people in the group), march through the snow where many die. His father contracts dysentery during the journey and becomes weaker and weaker until he dies during the night.
Finally, the resolution of the book occurs when Elie looks into a mirror for the first time after the camp is liberated. He describes what he sees as being, "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" (Wiesel 115). Elie is finally free, but he still carries the scars of his time in the camps with him throughout his life.