Night: Rejoice or Rebel?
love, protection and exchanging of covenants, while in Night the image is portrayed in a negative
coming of night. “And bring in cloudy night immediately. Spread thy close curtain…”
(Shakespeare Act III Scene ii:4-5) Juliet is very eager for night to come as she uses the word
“immediately,” which is very strong and demanding. Her true love, Romeo, is also associated
with night. “Come, night, come Romeo, come thou day in night.” (Shakespeare Act III Scene
Shakespeare uses night also as a time for exchanging of vows. “Lady, by yonder, blessed
107) After Romeo’s vow Juliet later promises during the welcomed night to be loyal to him
throughout his life. Under the cloak of darkness she is unafraid to pledge, “And all my fortunes
at thy foot I’ll lay, And follow thee my lord throughout the world.” (Shakespeare Act II Scene
Night has a third important role of protecting Romeo at first when he trespasses to the
Capulet Mansion and later when Romeo, then banished, meets Juliet for the final time. “I have
night’s cloak to hide me from their eyes…” (Shakespeare Act II Scene ii:74)
readers the negative side of night, the side probably most metaphorically associated with night.
streets after six o’clock for fear of death. Later in the book there is a lot of fear leading up to the
selection, determining who would keep on strenuously working and who would be sent to the
crematories. “It was my turn….. My head was spinning: you’re too thin, you’re weak, you’re too
help but relive the fears and horrors of the day over and over again in their minds.
first day of Elie’s stay at the concentration camp as is seen when Elie says, “Never shall I forget
The nights soon became unendurable, just the opposite of the all too brief nights seen in Romeo
and Juliet. “The days were short, and the nights had become almost unbearable.” (Wiesel 73)
slightest rest through the night’s bitter cold conditions. To make it worse, Elie’s foot is bleeding
throughout the run as a result of a result of his resent operation.
To everybody’s life there must come an end, but this end was often brutally cut short in
concentration camps during the wickedness of night. The Germans killed uncountable numbers
struggling between life and death, dying in slow agony before our eyes.” (Wiesel 62) Elie almost
succumbs to death during the long march in the cold and bitter night, but doesn’t give in to
(Wiesel 82) But Elie’s father, his condition gradually declining because of dysentery, is
eventually taken off to the crematories during night’s unforgiving harshness, while possibly still
meaning of night and not just look upon it with a one-sided point of view. These two books are
excellent examples of how night can be both full of passion and full of fear.