(1)The news spread though Sighet like a wildfire. Soon that was all people talked about. But not for long. Optimism soon revived: The Germans will not come this far. (9)
This figurative language, or simile, represents how the Germans and their invasions were a big deal to the people of this town. It is represented by the way the news about them spread so fast and was quickly the talk of the town.
German soldiers—with their steel helmets and their death's-head emblem. Still, our first impressions of the Germans were rather reassuring. The officers were billeted in private homes, even in Jewish homes. Their attitude toward their hosts was distant but polite. They never demanded the impossible, made no offensive remarks, and sometimes even smiled at the lady of the house.
The symbolism of the German soldiers is shown here by stating what they look like, what they do, their attitude and how they act. By watching the soldiers the surrounding people make them the symbols of the Germans.
(7) We lived on snow; it took the place of bread. The days resembled the nights, and the nights left in our souls the dregs of their darkness. The train rolled slowly, often halted for a few hours, and continued. It never stopped snowing. (100)
The word “Night” is used throughout the book to symbolize the death, darkness and fear in the people’s lives. Night is also a metaphor for the feelings of the people. The people felt as though it was always “night” because of their suffering and loss of hope.