In elie wiesel’s night, mrs. schachter, the “madwoman,” repeatedly screams that she sees flames. when the train arrives at the concentration camp, the other jews see that in this case she is right: they see the flames from the crematorium chimney. what effect does this image have in the memoir? it is the first time that wiesel makes it clear to the reader that the jews are in danger. it proves that the flames mrs. schachter claimed to see earlier are also real. it produces the terrible realization that the real world around them is as mad as mrs. schachter. it shows that the other prisoners are seeing visions, just as mrs. schachter is.