Night Essay Questions
In all religions that have a concept of hell, it is a place reserved for punishment of the wicked.
The wicked go to hell because they deserve it, and they are tormented for the sins they have committed in their lives. The picture presented of the Jewish community in Sighet, for example, is one of a peaceful, religious community.
It is an image of despairing silence, and silence has been a prominent theme throughout the book.
Everything came to an end-man, history, literature, religion, God. Sibelman, Silence in the Novels of Elie Wiesel, St. (Auschwitz was the camp that Eliezer was sent to and spent three weeks there in the spring of 1944.) Even today, when the Holocaust is sixty years in the past, and the facts are well-known, it still comes as a shock to read the first-hand accounts of what happened.
Presented with something so horrific that it is almost impossible to imagine, the mind goes blank.
There seems to be no way of comprehending or explaining it. He wrote that all he could possible achieve by his writings on the Holocaust "is to communicate the impossibility of communication" (quoted in Robert Mc Afee Brown, Elie Wiesel: Messenger to All Humanity, University of Notre Dame Press, 1983, p. The story can in a sense never be told, even though the story-teller (Wiesel) is compelled to tell it.
Wiesel has always been firm in his belief in the uniqueness of the Holocaust. It can be compared to no other event" (quoted in Brown, p. However, the debate over the uniqueness of the Holocaust has become a contentious one.