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Dawn: Plot Summary
Dawn: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Dawn: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Elie Wiesel
Historical Context of Dawn
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- Full Title: Dawn
- Where Written: United States
- When Published: 1961
- Literary Period: Modern
- Genre: Historical Fiction
- Setting: Mandatory (British) Palestine in the late 1940s
- Climax: Elisha shoots John Dawson.
- Antagonist: The British; Dawson; Death
- Point of View: First Person
Extra Credit for Dawn
Multinational Acclaim. Dawn has inspired two film adaptations: a 1985 French-Hungarian film and a 2014 film co-produced by Swiss, German, British, and Israeli filmmakers.
What Could Have Been. When the Irgun bombed Jerusalem’s King David Hotel in 1946, Wiesel was initially inspired to join the Zionist movement himself, but he was unable to get to Palestine from France, where he was living at the time. He did end up writing and translating for movement-related publications. Later, Wiesel said that he wrote Dawn in part to explore the question of what might have happened to him if he had traveled to Palestine and taken part in the resistance movement there.