Character Changes In The Novel Night By Elie Wiesel

1038 WordsDec 4, 20175 Pages
Have you ever had an event where you, or someone you know, became a completely different person because of certain experiences? Many victims of the Holocaust personalities were changed because of the traumatizing experiences they had to go through in the concentration camps. Elie Wiesel’s personality definitely changed during his ordeal. In the book “Night” by Elie Wiesel, the main character, Elie, changed in many ways throughout the book because of the different experiences and sights he had to go through in Auschwitz. Before Elie was sent to the Auschwitz Concentration Camp, he displayed positive character traits. He was faithful, courageous, and smart. In the beginning, Wiesel states, “He had watched me one day as I prayed at dusk” (4) Elie was talking to Moishe the Beadle (teacher in Sighet) and was not afraid to express his faith. Obviously, Elie was faithful because he was praying. In addition, this showed that he was also very passionate about his faith and did not care if people knew if he was Jewish. Elie had this trait before he was sent to Auschwitz, and he made his faith the top priority. Elie’s faith was an outlet for him, and he was a very positive person because of it. Further into his stay at the Auschwitz concentration camp, Elie started to let his faith drift away, leaving him with almost nothing. Next, Wiesel says, “There could no longer be any doubt: Germany would be defeated. It was only a matter of time, months, weeks perhaps.” (8) Elie and his family were getting worried about the Nazi’s invading many Jewish homes. Elie became very confident about the situation and told himself that the Germans would be defeated. Confidence was deeply displayed in this piece of text evidence because he begins to make it a fact that the Germans would lose the war and everything would be okay. Elie’s confidence was a big part of his positive personality before he was in the camp because it gave him hope. Elie has a complete change of heart once he is in the death camp for a while and becomes very hopeless. Lastly, Wiesel explains, “I continued to devote myself to my studies, Talmud during the day and Kabbalah at night.” (8) Elie listened to the radio and heard that there were bombings from Germany and
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