Night Every author has a different ways to portray a certain scene and the different elements used can be identify in Elie Wiesel and Art Spiegelman’s ‘hanging’ scene. For example, in Night, the reader uses his imagination to create the images of the horrific events, while in Maus, the images are ‘fed’ to him, giving a different some sort of surprise or shock. Depending on the situation, one novel’s technique might be more emotionally powerful at times than the other.
One element is ‘imagery’, and that technique in Maus compares with Night because Maus is a graphic novel with explanations and Night is a literary novel where one draws out his own picture in his mind. With Night, it all depends on the person’s imagination and how they
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For example, “The orders were given more harshly than on other days, and there were strange vibrations in the air.” To draw the ‘strange vibrations in the air’ would be pretty challenging and even more difficult for the reader to understand. Night can not only go into more depth and detail than Maus, but also in terms of language and how every scene is laid out, comes a more interesting factor. That factor is that there is a lot of repetition, but not in the anaphora kind of way such as in Martin Luther King’s ‘I Had a Dream’ speech. Rather, in the way where there is a style of text repeated in a different situation. For example, there is the renowned “Caps off!” and “Cover your heads!” shouted by the Lagerälteste (the head of the camp) repeated three times in the hanging sections, but all three times were set under a different condition and Wiesel hints this difference by changing a few phrases. In the first “Caps off!” and “Cover your heads!”, there is the phrase “Ten thousand caps came off at once” written in-between. The second time, right after the young boy from Warsaw is hung, the phrase changes to “Ten thousand prisoners paid their respects.” The third time, when the Dutchman’s little servant or pipel is hung, the phrase changes to “His voice quivered” (referring to the Lagerälteste). Another example of this repetition in use include when the SS would point their guns at the appelplatz (place for roll call), the first time, the reaction is surprised. “The