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Night a novel by Elie Wiesel is a horrifying recollection of Wiesels experiences through numerous German concentration camps where amidst the savage degration and murder of the prisoners acts of kindness and signs of hope still penetrated During Wiesels stay at Auschwitz Birkenau and Buna he witnessed hangings beatings starvation and torture In such frightening and yet unbearably real situations hopes of freedom seemed distant and kindness was rare or unheard of An understanding of the methods the Nazis used to control the masses is near impossible as their unspeakably cruel actions forced the Jewish prisoners to disbelief Stunned at their fate few prisoners helped each other and even fewer were mercied upon by the officers in command Wiesels unflinching honesty and his emotional reactions provide a sharp and clear image from a survivors point of view Through the desperation of life in the concentration camps Wielsels character strengthens and adapts to his captivity with the hopes of freedom and kindness from others Greatly stressed in the novel is a theme of a hope of freedom or goal that makes a person able to sustain even the worst of their experiences and the worst is surely revealed in NightUpon entering Birkenau Elie and his father are separated from his mother and his sisters and ordered to form fives Here a fellow prisoner instructs Elie to change his age to 18 and his fathers to 40 from their actual ages of 15 and 50 No not fifty Forty Do you understand Eighteen and forty 28 Unaware of the mans identity Elie is initially baffled at the weary mans interrogation but soon understands the reasoning behind it when later and SS Officer questions Elie and his father of their ages Responding truthfully as a young child of fifteen years and a fifty-year-old man would have certainly earned them a complementary visit to the burning furnaces By Elies initial description of the man with diction such as faceless
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