Reading propitious because it embodies real physical darkness

Reading matters because it enables us to understand the world in a new light. Through reading, we are able to be put in a new world with our imagination. Some books, especially memoirs, help to put into perspective the formative impacts that shape who people become. In Night, Elie Wiesel meticulously depicts the horrifying, unforgettable time of the Holocaust. Elie Wiesel illustrates his own experiences through the atrocities of the Holocaust, and the incomprehensible evil of man. Reading Night, puts into perspective the world in a completely new light. Wiesel shows this through his portrayl of his own personal struggle inside the concentration camps of Aushvitz and Buchenwald. Eliezer was only 15 years old when him and his entire family were taken to Auschvitz along with countless other Jews. Him and his dad Chlomo worked inside the camps day by day and struggled to maintain their health. Eliezer’s decision to title his memoir, Night is propitious because it embodies real physical darkness and darkness of the soul. In the camps as the days grew more arduous, Eliezer surrenders his faith, argues with God and is sustained only by will to care for his father. The instinctive need to pray falters on his mind’s surface, but, deep inside, he endures to fight the descent of the spiritual night threatening to eradicate God from his being. While Elie lost his innocence and many of his beliefs while in the concentration camps, his sense of empathy along with his inherent sense of right never went away. Eventually, Eliezer’s dad perished in Buchenwald, months before it was liberated. Towards the end of Elie’s memoir, Elie is so weakened from food poisoning by the camps that when he stares at himself in a mirror, he sees the reflection of a corpse. The corpse is a solid representation of death and one’s loss of humanity in the wake of boundless suffering that strips you of your dignity and worth. The terror of the Holocaust depicted by Elie, exemplifies the mere importance of reading. We must recognize and remember all the millions of Jews that perished with their voices silenced. Wiesel portrays their fears in ways we could never dream of and makes us look at how people are afflicted spiritually in the wake of dehumanizing suffering. As Elie Wiesel said, “To forget the dead would be akin killing them a second time” (Wiesel 15). Forgetting would be dishonoring their memory. After reading Night, I felt that I now hold a burden to pass on the message so those who were silenced will never be forgotten. Night left me feeling with desire to take initiative and spread peace unto others. I simply cannot comprehend or begin to understand the horrors the Jewish citizens encountered, and do not see how something so immoral actually took place here on Earth. The book “Night” evokes so many thoughts and emotions and is a book you can feel passionate about, and a book which could change the way people think instantly. Thus, everyone should read Night, because it could be one source for peace in this world as it exemplifies the true purpose of why reading matters.