Night Essay Prompts

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Night – Essay Prompts

English II

Mr. Stanberry

For this assignment, you can select one of the following five options for your essay. You need to have a traditional five-paragraph essay in MLA format. You also must include a minimum of SIX quotes from the novel and include a works cited page.

If you have an essay topic idea that is not on this list, you can be approved to write about your topic if you can provide a convincing argument to why your topic is equally important.

The due date for the essay is Friday March 1st, 2013.

Option A

Elie and others’ struggle with faith.

-Either divide Elie’s struggle into stages, or consider three aspects of faith and/or the

effects of losing it.

-Consider various interpretations of God’s intentions, visual imagery (such as death

imagery) depicting God or God’s actions, how faith affects the prisoners as a whole, and

Elie’s internal struggle to restore his original beliefs.

Option B

The essence and effects of dehumanization on the perpetrator and/or the victim.

-Focus on three forms of how people can be dehumanized, or chart Elie’s progression of

suffering according to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.

-Consider forms of persecution in the novel, their effects on both parties, stages of

suffering according to Maslow and how they pertain to events in the novel, and long-term

effects of suffering.

Option C

Loyalty in the midst of suffering.

-Analyze how loyalty to family and loved ones, to one’s faith and culture, and to oneself

(optimism; hope for the future) are challenged in horrific and life-threatening situations.

-Consider Elie’s relationships and feelings of loss toward his father and family, Elie and

various other characters’ selfish or selfless acts towards others in the same situation, and

elements of hope or hopelessness in Elie and other characters.

Option D

The Loss of Innocence

It is possible to look at Night as the story of Eliezer’s loss of innocence. It might be argued, too, that innocence is impossible after the Holocaust. Is this true? Is it tragic, or is innocence an impediment to survival, as when the Jews are too innocent to believe that Hitler really means to kill them?

Option E

Feelings about God

-Compare and contrast Elie's attitude towards God and religion at the beginning of the story and at the end.

-Use specific examples to explain what causes the changes and when the changes occur. Add quotes to support your belief.

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