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Night

Posted in 12 Years Old, 13 Years Old, 14 Years Old, 15 Years Old, 1940s, Autobiography, Book Reviews, Coming of Age, Uncategorized on February 29, 2016 by Mr. Winch

 

Book Summary by Ashlin Shaw

Night by Elie Wiesel is an autobiography first published in 1960 and set in Europe in 1941-1945. The region is revealed on page 1: “that little town in Transylvania” and is clearly from 1941 because on page 1 it reads, “toward the end of 1941.” The protagonist is narrator and author Elie Wiesel, and he’s likely ages 12-15 because on page 1 (1941) it says, “I was twelve,” and the story ends in 1945.  An example of a flat and static character is Tzipora. Tzipora is a flat and static character because we don’t know much about her. All we know is on page 2 that she was “the baby of the family.”  She doesn’t change because this is as much as we find out about her in the novel. An example of a round and static character is Elie’s father. On page 2 it reads, ‘My father was a cultured, rather unsentimental man. There was never any display of emotion, even at home.  He was more concerned with others than with his own family.” We find out that Elie’s father doesn’t show any emotion for anyone including his family. His father was more concerned with others rather than his own family. His father changes and is concerned and protective of Elie when they both get sent off to multiple concentration camps. Elie’s father didn’t want Elie to share his food with him when he was sick because he wanted his son to survive. One major conflict in his story are surviving multiple concentration camps. By looking at this conflict and the way the dynamic character changes, a theme of this book is revealed: Don’t give up hope even when things seem like they’ll never get better. There are always brighter days ahead.