The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.” To never allow such a thing to occur again Lets Break it Down To never allow such a thing to occur again Lets Break it Down
Fire’s Denotation A burning mass of material, as on a hearth or in a furnace.
Connotations (many meanings) - Agony - Smothering - Weapon vs. Life Fire!
Agony Fire is associated with something that torments, causes anguish (the loss of a home), or rage.
Smothering Equal in sense of covering and distinguishing -Physically -Mentally (faith) -Emotionally Night is equal in terms to fire Ex) The night smothered the day.
Weapon vs. Life The Nazis wield it (crematories) “We lived with the illusion of that every one of us has been entrusted with a sacred spark from the Shekhinah's flame.”
Burning away of his Faith Pg 64, “Yes, man is stronger, greater than God. You brought down the Flood. You caused the heavens to rain down fire and damnation. But look at these men you have betrayed."
So does his faith in God As Elie’s life slowly burns away…
Leaves Impact on reader “Do you see that chimney over thereOver there- that’s where you are going to be taken. That’s your grave. You are going to be burned. Frizzled away. Turned into ashes.” Pg 28
It leaves an impression on the mind and engraves it like hot metal on skin. Evokes images that correlate to the holocaust, thus fire is appropriate. Fire = strong connotative language Like poetry