Passion is important in the novel Night, because without passion, Elie Wiesel would not have survived the brutal conditions of the camp. Passion is defined as “any powerful or compelling feeling.” Without the powerful feeling of survival, not nearly as many people would have had the determination to pursue the horrible events that took place in the camps.
Elie has the passion and the courage to stay alive long after the others have given up. Even when he is starving and about to freeze to death, he still has the will to live. Elie also shows an intense loving passion for his father. When his father becomes horribly ill, Elie gives almost his entire ration of food to his father so that he could survive.
Night is available through Indiana Humanities’ Novel Conversations lending library. Request a set (for free!) for your book club today.
In July and August, Indiana Humanities is exploring the topic of “passion,” as part of its Spirit of Competition theme.
This review was written by a student at Cathedral High School.