Another Day

Posted in Uncategorized on January 20, 2010 by Isaac

Today, we took a vocab quiz and then watched a movie.  MLIA.


Night End Discussion

Posted in Daily Summaries, Night on January 19, 2010 by Isaac

It is ironic that he was able to get surgery on his infected foot: the Germans didn’t care at all for Jews.  They didn’t use any anesthetic, but he does eventually pass out from the pain.

The Death Run was about 42 miles.  It served two purposes – the first being to move the prisoners, and the second to kill them.  Nazis even had to be replaced because it was so arduous.  The Jews had been underfed and undernourished, so the fact that there were survivors is impressive in itself.  Most of us couldn’t accomplish such a feat healthy.  They weren’t marching, either – they ran, and if you slowed down, well, sucks to your ass-mar.  People were trampled.

After the whole ordeal, Wiesel/Eliezer’s faith in God is restored.  He never really lost his faith in this respect; he just remained bitter for an extended time.

Violin Boy makes a reappearance.  He plays Beethoven, which is illegal for Jews.

Night describes the Nazi guards very sparingly.  He breaks from this to describe their various affairs, and does so again near the end to describe their indifference.

The Jews can only think about feeding themselves upon becoming free.  The pursuit of sustenence pits father against son.

Wiesel has been quoted saying (I’m paraphrasing here) that indifference is the opposite of most good things in the world.

The ending of the book seemed rushed to some.  The pacing and tone changes when his father dies.  It is particularly chilling because he spends the last few pages referring to himself as someone else entirely.

Night Literary Devices Discussion

Posted in Daily Summaries, Night on January 15, 2010 by Isaac

Wiesel uses parallel structure a TON as a plot device.  It affects the reader’s emotional response to the book.  Instead of inserting his own feelings, he uses parallel structure to emphasize a point.  It is perhaps the most ”blunt” of Wiesel’s devices. It can also be used as foreshadowing. Zöe looked it up and it even has a pleasing psychological effect on us.

Basel thought literary devices were only gravy.  Stuck then brought up the fact that textbooks do not contain any literary devices and have a much less profound effect on the reader.  We concluded that novels are more personal.

Wiesel is terribly unemotional, which is in itself a sort of device.  It allows the reader to insert their own feelings.  He ”injects” emotion on very few occasions to show that an event is particularly important or disturbing.

His smooth use of time is interesting.  He flashes to and fro along the timeline.

Argument of bias arose.

Honestly, about halfway through the discussion, I couldn’t figure out what it had to do with literary devices anymore.

Eliezer loses his faith in God for various reasons.  His departure from feeling is a large factor.  If he wants to survive, then he feels he must do it himself. He is in a stage of life where he isn’t sure of anything.

The discussion somehow moved to fasting, and I’m not sure how it got there.

Can you truly be faithful without questioning your faith?  In doing so, you find out what you’ve believed all along. Faith is being sure of what you cannot see, so it is in a way blind. If you can still retain faith after questioning it, you can be sure of the magnitude of your initial faith.
As many people have their faith ”forced” on them when they are young, it isn’t really a blind leap; it is a way of life.

Wiesel utilizes juxtaposition.

He does not describe the camp – we are half finished with the novel and we still don’t know what the camp looks like. Wiesel is very selective with his description, only describing the important things in the plot. This is very different from all the other novels we have read; in Great Expectations, whole pages are devoted to buttering bread. In Lord of the Flies, William Golding continuously describes pink rocks. If you get too specific (especially in a novel in which there are true events), it brings about criticism of facts instead of focusing on the situation.

There are a few allusions as well. Wiesel uses the phrase ”Morning star”, which is a reference to Satan. We’re pretty sure that’s no accident. He could’ve slipped that in as foreshadowing, or just showing that he does have a grasp on religious texts.

Foreshadowing shows itself more in characters as opposed to description, which is slightly unusual. Madame Schäcter and Moshe the Beadle are two examples.

Basically, when Wiesel uses a literary device, it functions on multiple levels. It is complex in its simplicity, even if it is accidental.

Symbolism is present. Wiesel uses night and flames to symbolize death. Eliezer’s father dies while Eliezer is asleep. Night could also be thought of as a symbol of rest.

Night, Chapter 4

Posted in Daily Summaries, Night on January 13, 2010 by Isaac

Some of the Nazis in power like to molest little Jewish boys.

There is a medical check-up.  If anyone had gold in their teeth, it was removed.  Eliezer had a golden tooth, which his foreman noticed and had pried out with a rusty spoon.

The musicians play Nazi music endlessly to lodge it in the prisoners’ minds.  They hear it even when they don’t march.

A friend talks about the Bible to Eliezer.  He believes that the entire ordeal is a test, and they will be rewarded if they survive.  It’s like Job.  Remember that.

Idek is Eliezer’s Kapo at Buna.  He is half crazed and cruel.  He moves the entire group so he can hook up with a Polish girl.

There are several hangings.

Then, Erica walked in late.

Pipels are ”prettyboys”.

Night Continues

Posted in Daily Summaries, Night on January 12, 2010 by Isaac

The prisoners walk past a ditch filled with bodies.  The soldiers would dump gasolene on the bodies and light them on fire.

Eliezer’s ”Never Shall I Forgive” speech is a departure from his character.

Elizezer, in spite of his style, spends a good deal of time describing the SS Officer.

He enters a different tone and style on 42.  For a time, there is just a bunch of ”we”s.  The style is robotic; this illustrates how Eliezer felt.

The relationship between Eliezer and his father changes dramatically with the stay at the concentratoin camp.  Before, they were almost strangers; now, they live for each other.

Stein gets some news and goes to the creamatorium.

Night, First 22 Pages

Posted in Daily Summaries, Night on January 7, 2010 by Isaac

Eliezer is 12 and deeply observant.

Google the crap out of this book.  It’s vital if you don’t know what’s going on or what certain terms mean.

Eliezer is a young Jew who has deep philosophical chats with Moshe the Beadle about the Kabbalah.  Moshe is then taken on a train to Poland,  but manages to escape and go back to Sighet to warn the others.  The others don’t listen.

German soldiers are housed, some of whom are described as ”charming”.  Passover comes, but the Jews’ hearts aren’t in it.  Suddenly, restrictions start to be placed – Jews are no longer allowed to own valuables and must wear the yellow star.  They have curfews, restroom restrictions, and are kept from the synagogues.

Notice that the Germans refer to Jews as various animals throughout the book.

Everyone is moved from ghetto to ghetto.

Eliezer ends up on a vastly overcrowded train.  There are so many people that they must sit in shifts.  There are no restroom facilities.

Night Intro

Posted in Daily Summaries, Night on January 6, 2010 by Isaac

Night is a novel by Elie Wiezel (why-zell) about a Jew in a WWII concentration camp.

The protagonist is Eliezer.  Know the difference between the character and the author. The book is reflective and very sarcastic without being blatant.   He takes his emotions out so you can put in your own.

Wiezel uses time very interestingly in Night.  He flashes forward and back, coming up for air on occasion and then plunging back into the story.  He is able to do so without the story feeling clunky.

Read 22 pages tonight.