Characters In Night By Elie Wiesel

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Elie Wiesel: Night Character Analysis Essay on Eliezer What would it do to a person to go to a concentration camp, see the horrible things, and come out alive? This book, Night, is about Eliezer Wiesel, who is both the main character and the author. Elie’s book is a memorial about his experience in Hitler’s concentration camps, what he went through, and how he survived. This paper is going to be about Eliezer’s horrific experience and the ways that it changed him. One of the horrific moments that Eliezer went through is the time the small boy got hung and it took half an hour for him to die. “But the third rope was still moving: the child, too light, was still breathing… And so remained for more than half an hour…” (Weisel 65) This changed him a lot because he knew how brutal the world could be. It was also when he, along with quite a few others, started to lose faith in God. “Where is merciful God, where is He?... For God’s sake, where is God?... Where He is? This is where--hanging here from this gallows…” (Weisel 64,65) These things are said by other random Jews who are watching the scene of the hanging of the little boy. These people are losing faith in God because they are blaming Him for not being merciful on the Jews and the little boy. This is one of the most important parts of the change that Eliezer goes through. Sometimes, he doesn’t realize he has changed until he sees the change in himself. Another important event that Eliezer went through was the death of his father. “I climbed into my bunk, above my father, who was still alive…” (Even if he was, he would be dead soon) “His last word had been my name. He had called out to me and I had not answered.” (Weisel 112) He pretty much watched his father die, and later, he thought: “Free at last!” (Weisel 112) He felt free from responsibility, rather than mournful of his father’s death. This is when it is revealed that he will lose his father without grieving, if it means he didn’t have to drag him around and have the responsibility. This is not as much a change as it is a realization of change. He also sees change in others at the camp, which has a pretty big impact on him. An event very related to his feeling after his father’s death was when he saw
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