In the novel Night the author, Elie Wiesel, uses tone to describe the horrors of the Holocaust and allow the reader to comprehend the horrific event that led to the death of an estimated 6 million people.
Wiesel uses imagery in a way that helps establish a tone, that as the story drags on becomes full of dread and sorrow. Weisel appeals to our sense of touch a bunch when talking about his family. In the beginning of the book while they were being forcefully moved into the ghettos Ellie describes his family using sight:
My father was crying. It was the first time I saw him cry. I had never thought it possible. As for my mother, she was walking, her face a mask, without a word, deep in thought. I looked at my little sister, Tzipora, her blond hair neatly combed, her red coat over her arm: a little girl of seven. On her back a bag too heavy for her. She was clenching her teeth; she already knew it was useless to complain. Here and there, the police were lashing out with their clubs. 'Faster!' I had no strength left. The journey had just begun and I already felt so weak.
This description of his family makes it harder on readers when they learn that Elie was separated from his sisters and mother, and eventually discovers that his sister, mother, and father die. Elie feels that it is his duty to always stay close to his father no matter what, and uses imagery to put us in his shoes and have us feel what he feels. “My hand tightened its grip on my father. All I could think of was not to lose him. Not to remain alone”.
Elie feels that his only job and thing he can control at the moment is his feeling of loneliness, and describes that the only thing keeping him alive and sane is his connection with his father. “My father’s presence was the only thing that stopped me. He was running next to me, out of breath, out of strength, desperate. I had no right to let myself die. What would he do without me? I was his sole support”. Elie feels that his only job and thing he can control at the moment is his feeling of loneliness, and describes that the only thing keeping him alive and sane is his connection with his father.
The author sets up a dreadful tone by describing in vivid details of the deaths of other people inside the camps. Elie also uses imagery to describe his feelings on events happening and it helps readers understand the tragedy and the horrific feeling of being inside the Nazi death camps. The Germans use death as a threat to maintain their authority, keep the prisoners afraid, and prevent rebellion. The more horror the prisoners witness, the more effective the Germans' psychological abuse tactic is.
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