Night. A Memoir By: Elie Wiesel. Literary Techniques. Parallelism is the similarity of construction or meaning of clauses placed side by side, especially clauses expressing the same sentiment with slight modifications.
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Parallelism is the similarity of construction or meaning of clauses placed side by side, especially clauses expressing the same sentiment with slight modifications.
Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith forever. Never shall I forget that nocturnal silence that deprived me, for all eternity, to live. Never shall I forget those moments that murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things…
Metaphor is a figure of speech in which a word or phrase that ordinarily designates one thing is used to designate another, thus making an implicit comparison.
We were already accustomed to rumors of this kind. It was not the first time a false prophet had foretold to us peace-on-earth, negotiations-with-the-Red-Cross-for-our-release, or other false rumors. . .And often we believed them. It was an injection of morphine.
There was an extremely pious man named Job. He was very prosperous and had seven sons, and three daughters. Constantly fearing that his sons may have sinned and "cursed God in their hearts" he habitually offered burnt offerings as a pardon for their sins.
The angels of heaven and Satan present themselves to God. God asks Satan his opinion on Job, apparently a truly pious man. Satan answers that Job is only pious because he is prosperous. In order to test if Job would still be pious if he was stricken with poverty, God gives Satan permission to destroy Job's possessions and family.
All of Job's possessions are destroyed and all of his family are killed. Job does not curse God after this but instead shaves his head, tears his clothes and says "Naked I came out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return : the Lord has given, and the Lord has taken away“.
As Job endures these calamities without reproaching Divine Providence, Satan solicits permission to afflict his person as well, and God says, "Behold he is in your hand, but don’t touch his life." Satan, therefore, smites him with dreadful boils, and Job, seated in ashes, scrapes his skin with broken pottery. His wife prompts him to "curse God, and die" but Job answers, "Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?" In all of this, Job doesn't sin by cursing God.