When Elie was fifteen, he and his family, along with all of the other Jews in Sighet, were taken away by cattle carts to a place called Birkenau. Little did they know, it wasn't the better life they all thought it would be. When they arrived at the first camp, they were separated into two groups: the ones that would live and the ones that would die. He and his father were sent to the right side, but, his mother and sisters were sent to their deaths. Elie became very dependent on his father since he was the only one he had left. He does everything he can to be with him at all times. They spend months in the camps together until Elie's father gets sick. After he dies, Elie doesn't tell about what happened. "I remained in Buchenwald until April 11. I shall not describe my life during that period. It no longer mattered. Since my father's death, nothing mattered to me anymore" (113).

I like that Elie Wiesel only talked about important times in the camp. If he would have told us about everything that happened every day, the book would have been boring and it would have been really hard to read.

There weren't many things I disliked about the book. The only thing that bothered me about it was that Elie didn't tell what his life in the camps was like after his father died. I think it would have been interesting to read about how he survived without his father.

What Can I Learn From Reading This Book?
From reading this book, I learned that it's important to accept everyone and if you cannot accept them, tolerate them. When you make fun of someone, you might not realize it, but it's the same thing that happened in the Holocaust. You're putting yourself above someone else the same way the Nazis put themselves above everyone. Maybe you don't think about killing everyone that doesn't fit into your "perfect race", but if you go on not tolerating people or not accepting them, it could happen eventually. Basically, I learned that no one is perfect. No one is better than anyone else. We are all equal.

What Are The Root Causes Of Persecution?
Persecution can start with just the smallest amount of prejudice. You see it every day, whether you realize it or not. Laughing at someone for talking differently than you, telling someone they can't be friends with you because they're of a different color or from a different background, or maybe it's just because they don't dress like you or act like you. All of those simple things can lead to persecution. If one person is excluding a certain person or group, soon enough, more people will join in and it could turn into more than just excluding; death.

What Are Some Current Examples Of Persecution That Take Place In Today's World?
There are a lot of examples of persecution in today's world that go unnoticed. Gangs are just one example, probably the biggest, that I know of. They judge by your skin color, where you're from, your accent, and who you're friends with.

What Does Night Teach Us About What It Means To Be Human?
In the book, Elie tells of how he and the other Jews were stripped of their humanity by having their names taken away and being replaced by numbers. Night teaches us about what it means to be human by showing us that once everything has been taken from us; our identity, our homes, our rights; we are no longer classified as humans, rather just a body with no real purpose.

(We already talked about the link to the essay.)
What Did I Learn From This Writing Assignment?
I learned how to improve the way I write an essay. I looked back on the mistakes I made on my ITW essay and made sure I didn't make the same mistakes again.

What Did I Do Well In This Unit?
One of the things I did well were the qutations. I always made sure that I was inserting a quote correctly into the essay.

What Areas Could I Improve On?
I could improve on adding more quotes to my essay. I feel like I didn't use enough outside resources.