Dawn

Dawn by Elie Wiesel Chapter 1 Takes place in Palestine.
The narrator knows that he has to kill a man tomorrow. He
doesn’t know who it is but he knows what he has to do. The
man that was going to die was an Englishman. The reason
that he had to kill was because there is a war. Beggar. A
man that taught the narrator the difference between night and
day. Narrator met him while he was at the synagogue. The
man wears black clothes. The narrator met the man when he
was 12 years old. The narrator, as a child admitted to the
beggar that he was definitely afraid of the beggar. “Night is
purer than day; it is better for thinking and loving and
dreaming.” (4) The man wants to teach the narrator to
distinguish between night and day. The beggar taught the
narrator to look into the dusk and there would be a face that
would appear. Night has a face and day does not. The face
that appears is of a dead person. The night before the
narrator does what he has to do, he looks into the night and
sees his own face. There is going to be an execution at
dawn. All of the executions happened at dawn. The
“Movement” always kept their word. A month earlier there
was one of their fighters that had been on a terrorist
operation. He was hauled in by the police and they found
weapons on him. They hung the man. By law this is what
they were supposed to do. This was the tenth death
sentence by the mandatory power in Palestine. The “Old
Man” decided that things had gone far enough and now he
was not going to allow the English to rule any longer. The
Old Man ordered that a military officer be kidnapped. They
kidnapped Captain John Dawson who walked alone at
night. (6) This made the country very tense. The English
ordered a 24 hour curfew. They searched every house, and
also arrested hundreds of suspects. Tanks were stationed at
the crossroads, barbed wire barricades at street corners.
They did not find the hostage. The High Commissioner of
Palestine said that the whole country would be held
responsible for the murder of the Captain, if he was in fact
murdered. A few people got in touch with the Old Man and
told him not to go too far. They wanted the man that was
supposed to die, to live. If he died than the Captain would
die. The mother of the Captain demanded that the English
give up the young Jew so that she could have her son back.
The men told her that “The Jews will never do it.” (8) The
Palestinians would not give up the Captain because it would
show a sign of weakness. The English would not agree to
the pardon because it would show a sign of weakness. It
was announced over radio that the Jew was to be executed
the next day. They said nothing about the Captain but
everyone knew that he would die also. The narrator asked
Gad who was going to kill the Captain who was going to kill
the Captain. He replied “You are.” It was an order from the
Old Man. To Gad it was not a big deal. The narrator was
amazed by the whole thing. Definite connection to Night.
Foreshadow of events. Not wanting to Kill. But being
ordered. Chapter 2 The narrator’s name is Elisha. Age 18.
“Gad had recruited me for the Movement and brought me to
Palestine. He had made me into a terrorist.” (11) The
narrator was held in Buchenwald, a prison camp during the
World War. The Americans liberated it and then they
offered to send him home. He rejected it because he knew
that his parents were dead and that his house and lands were
under the control of foreign hands. He went to Paris and that
is where he met Gad. He was offered asylum in France. He
wanted to learn the language and go to school. but Gad
came into his life. “The study of philosophy attracted me
because I wanted to understand the meaning of the events of
which I had been the victim.” (12) “In the concentration
camp I had cried out in sorrow and anger against God and
also against man, who seemed to have inherited only the
cruelty of his creator.” (12) Gad, one night, knocked on the
narrators door and walked in. The narrator did not have any
acquaintances in Paris. The person at the door said that he
knew everything about him. The narrator