Night is possibly the saddest book I have ever read. I know that everyone says that, but it’s true. Though the entire novel was extremely impacting, my favorite part, the passage that stood out the most to me, was one paragraph that contained this miniscule glimpse of hope and kindness. I am in love with moments in life where everything seems completely awful and terrible, but someone unexpected comes along and says something that makes you feel better.
“Comrades, you are now in the concentration camp Auschwitz. Ahead of you lies a long road paved with suffering. Don’t lose hope. You have already eluded the worst danger: the selection. Therefore, muster your strength and keep your faith. We shall all see the day of liberation. Have faith in life, a thousand times faith. By driving out despair, you will move away from death. Hell does not last forever. And now, here is a prayer, or rather a piece of advice: let there be camaraderie among you. We are all brothers and share the same fate. The same smoke hovers over all our heads. Help each other. That is the only way to survive.”
“Those were the first human words.”
In the situation of Night’s characters, I can’t even imagine how much it must have meant to everyone who was listening, to hear those words of kindness. Right now in my life, one of my best friends Shawn is that ray of positivity for me. When things get stressful and complicated, we say to each other “Breathe in, breathe out, don’t freak out.” We keep each other stable in that way, and constantly remind each other that worrying about things doesn’t help anything. He tells me “Smile; smiling makes everything better”, and I know he believes that with one hundred percent of his heart.
I’ve been really doing my best to focus on the good things and find the positive angles from every situation lately. As a result, this scene from Night really reflects that important part of my life.
The song “Big White Room” by Jessie J talks about being really unhappy and everything going wrong, but then the song picks up tempo and she sings:
“What do I do now? SMILE.”
I think that moments like that, where you realize that you have to believe you’re going to be okay, are so special. Night makes people cry and feel sad and experience pain, but hidden on page forty-one there is this LIGHT. This is the Smile of Night.
I would like to close with a thank you to our readers. Contributing to this blog has been an eye-opening experience. It’s crazy to think this blog started only as an assignment for Honors English. Thank for you proving to me that my words matter.
Rock n’ Roll Forever.
Signing out for the last time, xoxo,