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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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A Memoir By: Elie Wiesel

literary techniques
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.
  • 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…
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Literary Techniques
  • Simile is a figure of speech in which two essentially unlike things are compared, often in a phrase introduced by like or as.
  • At first my father crouched under the blows, then he broke in two, like a dry tree struck by lightening, and collapsed.
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Literary Techniques
  • 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.
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Literary Techniques
  • Paradox is a seemingly contradictory statement that may nonetheless be true.
  • And, in spite of myself, a prayer rose in my heart, to that God to whom I no longer believed.
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Literary Techniques
  • Personification is a figure of speech in which inanimate objects or abstractions are endowed with human qualities or are represented as possessing human form.
  • Death wrapped itself around me.
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Literary Techniques
  • Juxtaposition is an act or instance of placing close together or side by side, esp. for comparison or contrast.
  • When they withdrew, next to me there were two corpses, side by side, father and son. I was fifteen years old.
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Literary Techniques
  • Foreshadowing is the act of presenting materials that hint at events to occur later in a story.
3 incidents at the beginning of the memoir that foreshadow the coming danger to the sighet jews
3 incidents at the beginning of the memoir that foreshadow the coming danger to the Sighet Jews:
  • Moved into the ghettos
  • Deported foreigners
  • Yellow Stars required for all Jews to wear
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Literary Techniques
  • Symbol is a thing that stands for or represents both itself and something else.
  • What associations do you make for the following symbols?
  • Yellow Star
  • Faded Portraits
  • Cauldron of Soup
how might the following observation apply to night
How might the following observation apply to Night?
  • Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
story of job
Story of Job
  • 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“.
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Story of Job
  • 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.
how does wiesel sympathize with job
How does Wiesel sympathize with Job?
  • He more understood the trials of Job.
  • Job was faithful to god even when bad things happened.
  • Wiesel puts his faith towards god on trial.
  • To deprive of human qualities such as individuality, compassion, or civility.
  • How many components of the definition must be removed for dehumanization?
themes central ideas in night
Themes/ Central Ideas in Night
  • With a partner, come up with at least 5 themes in Night.
  • Loss of Innocence
  • Dehumanization
  • Trauma
  • Faith
  • Father and Son Relationship
  • Oppressed v. Oppressor
  • Reality v. Illusion