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Night - Rhetorical Analysis Essay

             "I have more faith in Hitler than anyone else. He alone has kept his promises, all his promises, to the Jewish people." (81). This is the saddening truth that many Jewish people had to face during the Holocaust. Encountering the threat of death almost everyday, Elie Wiesel shares his tragic struggle through the years of the Holocaust in his narrative Night. Wiesel uses diction, figurative language, and imagery to share the calamitous period he confronted during the 1940's.
             The Holocaust brings to mind death, torture, and sadness but Elie Wiesel brings in a more profound perception with how he writes.Wiesel handles word choice masterfully. He brings the accounts of sorrow to a new meaning, a deeper feeling that no one could possibly fully understand. "He was playing his life. His whole being was gliding over the strings. His unfilled hopes. His charred past, his extinguished future. He played that which he would never play again." (95). Wiesel takes a simple sentence about playing a violin and turns it into something deeper and more emotional. He brings in the aspect of how death is so near and yet Juliek still continues to play. Playing something that he is so passionate about until his last minutes on this Earth. Showing that even with all the past cruel events, Juliek can still find joy where there is virtually none, with his violin.
             Though Juliek was able to find happiness, many others, simply, could not. Wiesel uses metaphors to express how the SS saw them, and even possibly, how they saw themselves. Throughout the book Wiesel brings in metaphors about the victims of the Holocaust being animals, such as dogs, wolves and pigs. "Two lambs with hundreds of wolves lying in wait for the. Two lambs without a shepherd, free for the taking." (59). "For the liberating aim," he told us. "Let them know that here lived men and not pigs." So we were men after all?" (84).

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