Elie Wiesel 's Novel ' Night ' And ' The Auschwitz Birkenau Concentration Camps '

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The Holocaust was a period of genocide in which under Adolf Hitler’s command, 6 million Jews were killed. In this novel, Elie Wiesel shares his experiences in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps. In Night, Wiesel exemplifies a number of literary strategies throughout the novel. Through comparisons, symbolism, and personification, the main character’s progression is conveyed at the three different stages of the novel. In the beginning of the novel, Wiesel demonstrates symbolism, comparisons, and personification to introduce the main character, Eliezer. Wiesel illustrates symbolism of the yellow star to indicate Eliezer’s lack of personal thought of the meaning behind it. As the Hungarian police start to watch the town of Sighet, they assign a new decree. In response, Eliezer says, “When the three days were up, there was a new decree: every Jew must wear the yellow star.” (Wiesel, 9) The yellow star the Jews are assigned contain much meaning; these yellow stars represent loss of identity and loss of rights. Eliezer does not think much when he receives the yellow star because he assumes everything will return to normal conditions after a few days. Another strategy Wiesel portrays is personification to describe Eliezer’s inner feelings toward the Hungarian police. During the Hungarian police raid of their town of Sighet, Eliezer thinks, “It was from that moment that I began to hate them, and my hate is still the only link between us today.” (15) Eliezer states that he…

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