‚ÄčSummary: Night, by author Elie Wiesel, is a memoir written from a first hand view of the Holocaust. Wiesel lived through World War II and the Holocaust as a prosectued Jew. His book takes us through the normal, Jewish lifestyle he and his family lived prior to the war, and through the indespicable times lived at concentration camps. It was in 1944 that the Nazis took the Jews of Sighet (the town in which Elie and his family lived) and placed them in concentration camps. Night takes readers on a vivid, heart felt tale about tragedy and the pure evils of man. Wiesel talks much about the horrors of sons leaving their fathers to care for themselves and stay alive. Elie cannot imagine this part at first. However, later in the book, he explains that the harsh conditions of the multiple concentration camps make him face the inevitable fact that life without his father would be a whole lot easier. This book is a short read, but it must be read to fully grasp the important concepts of human evil, loyalty to people, and how to get through the most difficult of times.

Description of Major Characters:

Elie: He is the main character and the author of the book. He is a young boy at the start of the war, only fifteen years old. He remains dependent off his father in the beginning of the book, but realizes his father's needs change. Elie is a loyal son to his father, and has a heart that guides him to do the right things for himself and his father. He is a dynamic character.

Elie's Father (Shlomo): Elie's father is always referred to as Elie's father. He is a religious man who wants the best for his family. He and Elie work side by side in the concentration camps. He takes care of Elie the best way he knows how. Unfortunately, his health detoriates forcing Elie to take care of him. Without Elie's help Elie's father would have died a lot sooner in the war.

Moishe the Beadle: Moishe is a very religious Jew in the town of Sighet. He escapes his deportation and comes back to tell the town about how horrible the conditions of life are for the prisoners. He and Elie have a good relationship, and Moishe warns Elie to leave the area. Nobody in the town, to include Elie, take Moishe's claim seriously.

Stein of Antwerp: The Stein is a family relative of Elie. One day, the Stein visits Elie to ask if he has heard from his wife and children. Elie lies to him and says he has and they are well. When the Stein finds out the contrary, he is no longer mentioned in the book and dies.

Rabbi Eliahou: Rabbi Eliahou was a very religious man who Elie and his father encounter. His son abandons him and Elie prays that he will never turn out like his son.

Akiba Drumer: Akiba was a very religious man who, throughout the time spent at concentration camps, lost a lot of faith it God.

Madame Schachter: Madame Schachter was a woman in the train car that would scream out about her visions of fire. The other passengers initially were kind to her and helped her to calm down. Eventually, the passengers got annoyed with her and physically abused her to keep her quiet.


Likes/Dislikes

I loved the style of writing for this book. Wiesel paints a picture with his words, and makes you visualize the scene with imagination based on his lighter descriptions. It is a work of literature that I found hard to look at as an account of his life. It seemed to be more of a story of something that never happened. The way he incorporates themes of loyalty to family members is great. Stylistically speaking, this book is near flawless, and provided one of the best reads.
I did not like the ending of the book. It was a disappointing and predictable ending. Other than the ending, the book was great. I wish Elie would've included more details about his life without his father at the concentration camps, though.


What can we learn from reading this book?

From this book, we can learn many lessons in loyalty. We can learn that no matter how hard the going gets, we should always stick to our roots, our family. Elie does a great job explaining his predicaments with his father's failing health, and shows us how to cooperate with others problems and sacrifice our needs for others. We can also learn from the victim's point of view how bad the Holocaust and war was for the Jews. We can see that evils created by humans to humans is the worst evil that exists. It shows that we can learn that our actions affect others in ways that we may not see at the time. This book is filled with moral lessons. Most of them can be looked at in many different ways depending on how you interpret them.



What did I learn from writing this assignment?
From writing this assignment I learned that I need to be more coherent in my writing. I also learned that I should integrate quotes into the piece with meaning and understanding. There should never be a random quote in a composition. I also learned that I should break up my ideas into more concise ideas, rather than a large, on going idea.

What did I do well in this unit? I was able to contribute well to discussions in class. I comprehended the material well and developed my own ideas about Elie's situations.

What areas could I improve on? The only are I could have improved on was keeping up with the portfolio deadlines so I wouldn't be stuck doing them last minute!