Monday, March 17, 2008

The Gallows

Chapter four in Elie Weisel's Night signals a change from his relatively 'easy' existence in Auschwitz and the move to Buna, a harsh labor camp. Many prisoners died in this camp from starvation, extreme slave labor, horrible beatings, and executions for seemingly insignificant crimes.

In fact, we hear several accounts in this one chapter that support the claim that this camp was one of the hardest on its prisoners. We watch as Elie is savagely beaten for laughing at his Kapo, we feel the pain when his gold filling is removed with a rusty spoon, and we stare as the poor, young Polish boy struggles between life and death as he's hanging from a noose.

Unfortunately, Elie's problems and struggles will only get worse from here on out.

Please make sure that your reading guides for chapter four are passed in after class.

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