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  • Exposition
  • Conflict
  • Rising Action
  • The novel begins in 1941, introducing a young Jewish boy named Elie Wiesel who lives in a town called Sighet in Transylvania along with his mother, father, and three sisters. Elie is devoted to studying religion, and a man named Moishe the Beadle becomes his mentor, as he is known for being a master in the subject.
  • Climax
  • As WWII continues to take place, the Jewish population is still in danger, yet the people of Sighet do not worry. One day, foreign Jews, including Moishe the Beale, are expelled from the town. They are taken to a forest, forced to dig mass graves, and are then killed. Moishe escapes and returns to Sighet, hoping to warn everyone, but no one believes him when he tells his story.
  • Falling Action
  • In the spring of 1944, German soldiers invade Sighet, force the Jews to live in ghettos, and then deport them all to Auschwitz. Elie and his father go to the camps and are separated from the rest of their family. They travel to two other camps throughout the year, Buna and Buchenwald. They have to endure things such as beatings, witnessing hangings, labor, starvation, marching miles in cold weather, and more. The events cause Elie to lose faith in God.
  • Resolution
  • In Buchenwald, Elie's father becomes sick with dysentery, and Elie has to try his best to take care of him. His father calls out to him to bring him water, invoking the wrath of the SS as they strike him repeatedly on the head. Elie doesn't do anything, in fear of getting hit himself. The next morning, Elie wakes to find that his father is gone and had been taken to the crematorium. 
  • Elie stayed in the camp a for a few months after his father's death. When the SS heard of American troops coming, they started to evacuate all the prisoners. However, they weren't able to evacuate everyone before the soldiers came and attacked the SS.  Elie and the prisoners were liberated on April 11, 1945.
  • After he is liberated, Elie gets sick with poisoning and ends up in the hospital for two weeks.  When he is able to stand, he looks at himself in the mirror for the first time since he left Sighet. The events of the past year drained him so much physically and emotionally, that when he looks at his reflection, he sees himself as a corpse.
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