His family had taken a loan from the Stork to provide the dowry, and had to repay it. While blacks and whites would never mix in public, they can at least celebrate together at football games. The family's old servant comes to see them and begs them to come to her village and hide. But an alarm goes off and the prisoners are sent back to their blocks and the evacuation is postponed a day. They allow German soldiers to enter the country, but in Sighet the Jews remain optimistic.
Forced under desperate conditions to try to survive, many of them will turn on each other with violence and cruelty. Moché escaped with a leg wound and has come to warn the Jews of Sighet to leave. Once, Balram refused to return to school because one of his classmates discovered his pathological fear of lizards and then held a lizard against his face to torment him. One positive effect of the immigrant influx is that it has hastened desegregation, which should have happened in Odessa decades earlier. After days of travel in these inhuman conditions, the train arrives at the Czechoslovakian border, and the Jews realize that they are not simply being relocated. The joy in his eyes was gone. With a strict Orthodox Jewish upbringing, it was expected from Elie's father that he follow the Jewish religion closely and study Jewish law.
Infants were tossed into the air and used as targets for the machine guns. When things couldn't seem to get worse, the Germans came back to relocate them to concentration camps, and the Jews would face even more cruelty than they could ever imagine. Next, they force the Jews like cattle onto trains headed to an unknown destination. Moché, a foreigner, is forced onto a cattle train and sent away. When he chops the light into a strobe effect with his fan, Balram is in effect suggesting his own omnipotence. Eliezer says that the false optimism helped pass the time and notes that the uncertainty of everyone's future erased social distinctions between people.
The entire novel is narrated through a collection of these letters. Angry, his father went to the school himself and killed the lizard for his son. When he looks at his face in the mirror for the first time since he left the village of Sighet, he sees a vision he will never forget: the face of a corpse. Eliezer and the neighbors disperse to pack and wake everyone else up. He recognizes that his father gives him strength to continue; he acknowledges also that his father at times becomes a burden. Chapter 3: The first selection occurs.
Eliezer's evolving relationship with God is a major source of character development in the novel. He can't go on any longer. In fact, Ivory had recently dedicated himself to God, and was spending lots of time as a youth minister with his community church. On their stoop outside, the family sets off every firework Ma has brought. This new devotion makes for a strange bedfellow with Ivory's other passion, for the rush and crush of the gridiron. The war continues through 1943. .
The world that Eliezer describes becomes darker and darker, with an increased emphasis on night instead of day, as the Nazis draw closer to Sighet. Ivory's past helps to explain his apathy. Shortly afterwards the police arrest Daddy, confiscate his drug supply, and send him to jail on numerous counts of fraud. Eliezer's family is part of the last group. His parents and sisters run a shop in the town, and his father is highly respected in the Jewish community.
Maria, our former maid, came to see us. Jews are forced to move into one of two ghettoes in Sighet. Without passion or haste, they shot their prisoners, who were forced to approach the trench one by one and offer their necks. Some of them even buy chocolate for their host families. Summary At the opening of the story, Elie Wiesel, adolescent son of a devout Romanian shopkeeper and brother to three girls two older and one younger , pursues Hasidic Judaism and Jewish mysticism through study of the Talmud and the cabbala.
The town is not able to ask the nuanced questions - about how sports offers black youths opportunities while also exploiting them - that Bissinger attempts to from his detached perspective. She is silenced by her fellow prisoners. He recovers, looks in a mirror, and is shocked by his appearance. The passage is especially poignant because it suggests that Liz, like most kids, is desperate for attention from adults—attention that her drug-addicted parents rarely give her. I looked at my little sister, Tzipora, her blond hair neatly combed, her red coat over her arm: a little girl of seven.
In the first section of the book, there is an almost obsessive quality to Wiesel's description of night and day. He holds onto certain fears - of cell phones, for instance - suggesting that though he has superficially transformed his entire life, all it would take is one lizard, as a manifestation of deeper fears, for him to revert to the timid peasant he once was. Bissinger quotes Lanita at length, especially her opinions on Mexican-Americans. Before long, German officers are living in Sighet and then arresting the Jewish leaders of the town. As they walk to Auschwitz they pass a pit of burning babies. On her back a bag too heavy for her. This section contains 893 words approx.
An old, non-Jewish servant named comes to visit and tries to get the family to escape and hide in her village. In the first few pages of the chapter, Moché tells Eliezer that one must seek to ask God the right questions, not to find out the right answers. The smell of burning bodies. Eliezer wants his father to relocate the family to Palestine, but his father says he's too old to start again. Only the young people would go to work in the factories. Section One Summary Note: This SparkNote is divided into nine sections, following the organization of Night. One can imagine, then, how difficult it is to convince others of the atrocities committed by the Nazis.