Night Literary Devices Discussion

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.


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