Change And Growth In Elie Wiesel

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Change and Growth in Elie Wiesel Napoleon Hill once said, “Strength and growth come only from continuous effort and struggle.” This quote is rather true in not only reality, but also in books, for instance, Night. Most of the time people grow most after experiencing a period of hardship or difficulty. Elie Wiesel’s Night, expresses what it takes to survive and how it can change a person. Night is the story of a young man who is split up with his mother and sister and later placed in a concentration camp along with his father. Elie does all he can in order to stay alive and strong. It was only when Elie survived months of starvation and torture to which he soon found a change in himself. He transformed from a young man, who no longer had faith in God, with intentions to keep his father alive and well, even if it meant he had to make sacrifices, to a grown man who eventually realized that survival is only reasonable if one fends for oneself, in the hands of God. In the beginning of the book, Elie believed that he no longer had faith, though he had been a compelling believer before. He also reveals the strong relationship he had with his father, and because his father was the only sense of family he had left, he did everything he could to keep his father healthy and alive. In section three of the novel, Elie shows the first sign of loss of faith, “For the first time, I felt anger rising within me… why should I sanctify his name… what was there to thank him for” (Wiesel 33). He believed that the terrible situation he was in, was to surely be blamed on God, due to the unanswered prayers that Elie received. Elie displays the great relationship he possessed with his father in section three as well, “Men to the left… women to the right… eight words spoken quietly, indifferently, without emotion... eight simple, short words… yet that was the moment when I left my mother… we were alone” (Wiesel 29). The quote demonstrates the fact that Elie’s family was literally split in half when his sister and mother went to the right and he and his father stayed left. Elie only has his father, so it makes sense for Elie to sacrifice everything for him. Later on in the story, Elie most certainly shows a change. Though he had
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