Analysis Of Night In Night By Elie Wiesel

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The Holocaust was a horrible event, one most people hate to think of much less speak of. This event however is the base of young Elie Wiesel’s life and story. The memoir Night by Elie Wiesel is all about his personal journey and place in the telling of the Holocaust. In the book he is sent to Auschwitz as a lamb is sent to the slaughter. He reiterates his transformation during this time, a transformation where he diverts from his Jewish roots and loses his faith in a merciful and Almighty God. In the beginning of Elie’s time in Auschwitz, he is a faithful young Jew who not only knows his religion well but wishes to learn even more. As said in Night, “One day I asked my father to find me a master who could guide me in my studies of…show more content…
I stood petrified. What had happened to me? My father had just been struck, in front of me, and I had not even blinked. I had watched and kept silent. Only yesterday I would have dug my nails into this criminal’s flesh (Wiesel 39). Elie says he not only would have helped his father after he was slapped but that he would have “dug his nails into this criminal’s flesh.” Showing that his father’s relationship was strong and they would have fought for each other before Auschwitz. But now, Elie is frozen in survival mode, cluing into the attitude of Auschwitz’ instilling philosophy of every man for himself. Lastly, in the end of the book Elie’s faith and, sadly, his relationship with his father had both deteriorated. In Night a hospital mate of Elie’s said, “‘I have more faith in Hitler than in anyone else. He alone has kept his promises, all his promises, to the Jewish people’” (Wiesel 81). This quote, while not Elie’s words, is very certain, fear ridden, and powerful. My take from this quote is where Elie, in the memoir at least, does not respond to his hospital mate. This tells me that deep down Elie agrees and he knows that he agrees with the man. Also towards the end of the memoir Elie’s father dies. This quote shows the crumbling relationship between father and son, “I did not weep, and it pained me that I could not weep. But I was out of tears. And deep inside me, if I could have

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