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What Does the Mirror Symbolize in Night?

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In Night, after a long residence in the Nazi concentration camp, Elie looks in the mirror. The reflection is horrifying. He sees an emaciated corpse with empty, dull eyes gazing back...
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What Is “Work in Liberty”?

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The German phrase “Arbeit macht frei” was placed at the gates of many Nazi concentration camps during World War II. It was meant to imply that self-sacrifice through labor brings...
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What happened on April 5th?

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On April 5, 1945, Eliezer, along with other prisoners, is waiting for an SS officer with a routine check. However, something unusual is happening - the officer is late. It is announced...
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What Were the Instances of the Foreshadowing in Night?

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Elie Wiesel incorporates many stylistic elements to accentuate the dark story behind Night. For instance, he foreshadows the tragic fate of the Jewish people when Moishe the Beadle...
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What Were the Conditions in the Train in Night?

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The train that transports all the prisoners, including the main hero, is dire. Nazis bring prisoners to the concentration camp in cattle cars, which shows an inhuman attitude towards...
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What Does the Last Sentence in Night Mean?

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The last sentence of the book Night has a specific value. It signifies the fact that memories of the Holocaust will remain with Elie for the rest of his life. He sees the hardships of...
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What was Gleiwitz in Night?

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Gleiwitz is a Nazi camp where Eliezer and his father spent three days. They, like other prisoners, do not eat or drink during this time. There are many people in the barrack, their...
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What Is the First Selection?

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The first selection in Night meant the first split in Elie's family. Men and women were separated at the concentration camp. One of the prisoners warned Elie and his father to lie...
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How Does Eliezer’s Faith Change in Night?

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At the beginning of the book, Eliezer has a strong religious faith, which contains the meaning of his life. He hopes to study the tradition of his people deeply in order to find...
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How does repetition affect the reader?

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Elie Wiesel uses anaphora, or repetition, several times throughout the story. Why does he do that? The answer is simple. He wants to focus the reader’s attention on the emotive state...
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What are the Father-Son Relationships in Night?

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The father-son relationships run like a thread throughout the book. First of all, this is the story of the author himself and the evolution of his relationship with his father, with...
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How Did Elies’ Encounter with the Dentist Go?

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Elie Wiesel had to go to the dentist because he had one gold crown on his tooth. The doctor made two attempts to remove it. However, every time Elie said he was sick. Then he was...
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Why is Mrs. Schahter the First to Break Down?

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Mrs. Schachter sees the flames and smells the smoke during the journey. She foresees the dreadful future for every person on the train. Perhaps, the woman is the only one who...
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What is Buna in the Book Night?

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The Buna Werke, also known as Auschwitz III, was a factory. Here, Nazi leaders sent Jews for work. For Elie and his father, working in Buna became the only opportunity to avoid the...
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What Events Lead to the Two Hangings Wiesel Describes?

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The event that leads to the first hanging is stealing some soup by a youth. It happens during the bombing when someone leaves the meal unattended. Another event is the damage to the...
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What Is Viewed as the Death’s Head?

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Elie Wiesel described his experience at the Nazi camps in his memoir Night. During his stay there, he observed thousands of German soldiers. The boy identified them by a specific sign...
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What are the conflicts in Night?

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In the book Night, one can distinguish several types of conflicts, internal and external. The internal conflict includes the infighting of the protagonist - man vs. self. The external...
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What Does the “Kingdom of Night” Mean?

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In Night, the phrase “the kingdom of night” implies the Holocaust and its overall environment. It reflects the horrible conditions many Jews lived under while being governed by Nazi...
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What Was the Purpose of the Book Night?

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Elie Wiesel’s book Night provides an account of his experience in the Nazi concentration camps. The action takes place during WWII. The book’s purpose was to preserve the record of the...
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Why Do Wiesel and His Father Leave Buna?

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Elie Wiesel and his father, Shlomo Wiesel, leave the concentration camp at Buna because they are forced to go on the march to another location by the SS army. Such a decision was made...
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How Does Deception Dehumanize?

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Deception clouds people’s judgment. Lying makes them give up on reasoning. Emotions win over logic, and people are horrible at distinguishing one from the other. Nazi exploited human...
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What did Wiesel Compare the World to?

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When the war comes to Wiesel’s world, his visions change. The night is the only time when people feel calm and quiet; daytime and dark time switch their places. Wiesel talks about...
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Who Was Rabbi Eliahou and What Happened to His Son?

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Rabbi Eliabou was an old devout Jewish prisoner in the concentration camp. Everyone around respected him for his kindness. His son left when the father started feeling weaker to get...
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Who is Madame Schachter?

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Madame Schachter in Night is one of the Jews from Sighet. She trawled in the same cattle car as Eliezer. She started seeing flaming furnaces as deported Jews were approaching...
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Why Does Idek in Night Has Eliezer Whipped?

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Eliezer discovers that Idek, the head of the block, has sexual intercourse with a young Polish woman. Eliezer understands that all prisoners were forced to sleep in the warehouse due...
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What is the Significance of a-7713?

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A-7713 is the serial number assigned to the protagonist Elie by the Nazis after arriving at the concentration camp. Instead of a name, each of those who come to such German camps...
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What Is the Theme of Hope in the Book Night?

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The book Night rarely focuses on positive emotions or actions. It includes only a few scenes that reveal hope as one of the themes. One example is a French girl helping Elie despite...
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How Did Elie Wiesel’s Father Die?

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The story of Elie Wiesel’s family described in his famous book Night is worth attention. They suffer much because of Nazism, which causes millions of deaths across the globe. His...
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What Role did Moishe the Beadle Play in Elie’s Life?

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Moishe is Elie’s teacher of the Cabbala. He became the main character’s indirect mentor within Elie’s religious struggle. For Eliezer, Moishe is a significant person since he...
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What is the tone of Night by Elie Wiesel?

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Elie Wiesel's challenging experience in concentration camps during the Holocaust compelled him to write the book Night. Such events leave no room for fun and positivity. The tone that...
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What Natural Phenomena Influenced Frankenstein?

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Victor Frankenstein has always been interested in the inner workings of the universe. Once he saw a bolt of lightning that struck a tree. This experience led to his explorations of...
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How Many Chapters Are in Frankenstein?

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The editions of 1818 and 1831 are different in quite a few aspects, one of which is the number of chapters. The new version contains a different story of Elizabeth and several changes...
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Why is Henry Clerval’s Death important in Frankenstein?

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Victor Frankenstein's friend, Henry Clerval, dies by the monster's hand. The guilt and grief for Henry nearly drove Victor mad. Due to this tragic event, Frankenstein seeks vengeance....
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How Does Walton Describe the Stranger He Takes Onboard?

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In Frankenstein, Walton appears as a similar character to Victor. Walton is ambitious. He rejected his family to become famous in the scientific field. Although his ambitions led him...
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Is Frankenstein a Zombie?

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The Creature from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is an intelligent being. Despite being brought to life by the questionable actions of the protagonist, his mind is human-like. He is not...