NEVER SHALL I FORGET that night, the first night in camp, that
turned my life into one long night seven times sealed.
Never shall I forget that smoke.
Never shall I forget the small faces of the children whose bo-
dies I saw transformed into smoke under a silent sky.
Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith for-
Never shall I forget the nocturnal silence that deprived me for
all eternity of the desire to live.
Never shall I forget those moments that murdered my God
and my soul and turned my dreams to ashes.
Never shall I forget those things, even were I condemned to
live as long as God Himself.
In this passage from Night, Elie Wiesel writes about his first night in a concentration camp. He writes about what he sees and how it affects him.
1. What will Elie never forget that turned his life into "one long night seven times sealed"? Please describe what he saw and how it affected him, to the best of your ability.
2. Why do you think Elie chose to write this passage as more of a poem than the prose of a story? Explain your answer in complete sentences.