Analysis Of Prayer By Elie Wiesel

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Furthermore, there are certain moments when Wiesel demonstrates that his faith in God is not completely lost. For example, when Rabbi Eliahu comes looking for his son, who was separated from him while running. Wiesel tells the Rabbi he did not see his son, but then later remembered seeing him losing ground when running and moved back to the rear of the column to get rid of his father. Wiesel realized the son had felt his father growing weaker and separated himself to increase his own chance of survival. In spite of himself, Wiesel prays to that God in whom he claims he lost faith in. In his prayer, Wiesel asks God for strength to never leave his father behind. He says, “Oh God, Master of the Universe, give me the strength never to do what …show more content…

Before enduring the Holocaust, Elie identified as a heavily religious Jew, who’s love for his God was all consuming. When he first arrived at the camp, he refuses to eat his first prison meal, but he later regrets this decision as he realizes that “[he] was terribly hungry and swallowed [his] ration on the spot” (Wiesel, 44). Even when the dentist attempted to remove Elie’s golden crown, he would not allow it to happen because “it could be useful to [him] one day, to buy something, some break or even time to live” (Wiesel, 52). Elie felt like he was already losing his religious identity and this was one of the few things he had left that he felt like he owned. Later on, Wiesel’s foot swelled, so he had to be treated in the infirmary, where he decided to stay as long as possible because “[they] were entitled to good break, a thicker soup. No more bell, no more roll call, no more work” (Wiesel, 78). At the infirmary, Elie not only attempts to save his foot, but his feeling of identity as well. Wiesel was “a young Jewish boy [who] discovered the kingdom of night” (Wiesel, Acceptance Speech 4). The “kingdom of night” refers to the torture Elie endured , which turned him into a savage who’s only concern was surviving each night. Elie was one of many who endured suffering within the infirmary as a coping mechanism, the Jews tried to continue to praise the Lord, but Wiesel “had ceased to pray... [He] was not denying His existence, but [he] doubted His absolute justice” (Wiesel, 45). It had only taken a few weeks for Elie to completely lose faith in his God, this demonstrates how while he was struggling to keep his identity, his fear of death ultimately overcame his remaining faith. Survival became a priority, so during Yom Kippur, Wiesel “did not fast. First of all, to please [his] father who had forbidden [him] to do so. And then, there was no longer any reason

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