This book invoked a whole lot of empathic and sympathetic emotions within my senses. We loved the symbolism, imagery, and allegory of this text, although agonizing, it pictured the life of Jews and the torture. “Night” is used through the book to symbolize death, night of the spirit, and loss of faith. While an image, it comes up frequently. Even when the scene is literally set in the daytime, night can be invoked. Consider all the awful things that happen at night: Mrs.
Schachter has her visions of fire, hell, and death; (Wiesel 24-27)
Elie and his daddy arrive at Auschwitz concentration camp and see the smokestacks and wait in line all night long with the smell of loss of life in their � nous; there is the nighttime the soups tastes just like corpses(67); they will march through long times and, stacked on top of one another, smother one another to fatality in the nighttime; Elie’s dad dies during the night time (110-112).
As Elie says himself, “The days were like nights, and the times left the dregs with their darkness within our souls” (100).
Night time is as a result a metaphor for the way the soul was submerged in suffering and hopelessness. That represented the endless self applied and fatality of these INDIVIDUAL. I accord the word humans because in the event one states this book, you should think the Jews had been in individual. All the pain and unhappiness leads someone to believe that Jews were not actually worthy enough to be called a human, but the question that arises constantly for me is…. WOULD A PUPPY BE CURED IN SUCH A MANNER?
The fact that fire and flames had been used to symbolize death was quite distressing at times throughout the scenes on this book. In Chapter two, as the train packed with Jews coming from Sighet methods Auschwitz, Mrs. Schachter includes a vision of fire and flames. (24-27) She screeches about the fire through the long evening and then again the next night. Whenever they at last get to Auschwitz, the inhabitants in the car know what she was talking about: the crematoria, wherever bodies of prisoners will be burned.
“My soul have been invaded– and devoured—by a black flame. Fire is an ever-present threat of death; the view outside the window and the smell of the crematoria permeate every aspects of life in the focus camps, reminding the criminals of their nearness to fatality. It was by no means a moment that peace dwell ed with them whilst in the confines with the German empire.
Lastly the image of d�pouille is used not just in describe literal death, but also to symbolize religious death. After liberation, when ever Elie discusses himself the first time in many several weeks, since the Segregazione, he perceives a corpse in the looking glass. (115) The appearance in his eye as he stares at him self never leaves him. This speaks of the horror he has experienced and seen, which took his childhood innocence wonderful faith in God’s whim and rights. This was the hard pill to swallow. Not only does he feel and look dead, yet he is definately not dead. The time will come when you have recently been beaten and town straight down so much so long to the point that you just actually turn into dead. This kind of scene illustrates the dying of humanistic characteristics although still living, (THE WALKING/LIVING DEAD! ) Who could ever be okay with living like this?