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He witnessed over thousands die and more suffer. He survived one of the worst events in human history and is now sharing his unbelievable journey with millions across the world. In his Holocaust memoir Night, Elie Wiesel discusses the theme of Race. Through his use of diction, imagery, and dialogue Wiesel powerfully expresses to the reader that the Holocaust was an extremely painful journey with many struggles along the way.

Wiesel’s use of diction specifically demonstrates the dehumanization and racist effects shown toward the Jews everyday. In chapter 6, one of the SS officers addresses the Jews as “Filthy dogs!” (Wiesel 63). This use of diction shows that the SS officers did not even view the Jews as Jew or as any race at all. Instead they viewed them as dogs, filthy dogs. The word filthy implies the meaning of disgust or unsanitary. As if it is their own fault that they are dirty. Another use of diction was in chapter 5, “I had ceased myself to be anything but ashes.” (Wiesel 50). “Ceased myself to be anything,” means nothing. He has become nothing but ashes. It is very straight to the point, short and brief.
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Wiesel’s use of diction, imagery, and dialogue strongly expresses his feeling throughout his horribly unbearable journey of the Holocaust. The stop and go actions of his sentences, used to convey pain and desperation were effective in giving the reader a sense of pain felt by the prisoners. His long and precise descriptions of scenes and events that happened throughout the book shows how traumatized he was and how much they affected him. The dialogue of the characters show in detail how horrific they were treated just because they were Jews, just because they had a different religion and maybe looked a little different. The way Wiesel used all of these is the reason the book is so powerful and intense. How brave Wiesel is for sharing his journey and his survival cannot be explained in

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