Throughout history, many terrible things have happened that have put people in terrible conditions. During the Holocaust, millions of people died, and the few that survived were very lucky. Elie Wiesel, the author of “Night”, endured many horrible things in the Holocaust that shaped him as a person today. In “Night”, by Elie Wiesel, the main character, Elie, changed as a person due to his experiences at Auschwitz.
Elie Wiesel’s book “Night” shows the life of a father and son going through the concentration camp of World War II. Their life long journey begins from when they are taken from their home in Sighet, they experience harsh and inhuman conditions in the camps. These conditions cause Elie and his father’s relationship to change. During their time there, Elie and his father experience a reversal in roles.
In the novel Night, Elie Wiesel gives an account about his life in a concentration camp. His focus is of course on his obstacles and challenges while in the camp, but his behavior is an example of how human beings respond to life in a concentration camp. The mood, personality, behavior, and obviously physical changes that occur are well documented in this novel. He also shows, as time wears on, how these changes become more profound and all the more appalling. As the reader follows Elie Wiesel’s story, from his home in the ghetto, to his internment at Auschwitz-Birkenau, to his transfer and eventual release at Buchenwald, one can see the impact of these changes first hand.
In Elie Wiesel’s memoir, “Night”, readers see a dramatic change from the young, sensitive and spiritual individual to a, boy with the mindset of an adult that is spiritually dead and is unemotional. Elie shows this in his memoir by rewriting what he saw, thought, or what he heard while
He was a studious boy of strong faith who began to lose his religion when he was deported from his home. He looked back at his house and remembered how long he sought God there, but as he looked back, he felt nothing. “For the first time, I felt anger rising within me. Why should I sanctify His name? The Almighty, the eternal and terrible Master of the Universe, chose to be silent. What was there to thank Him for?” (Wiesel 33). Like Moishe, one of the things that was a large part of Elie’s humanity was religion. When he and his father marched towards the crematorium, towards certain death, Elie’s father began to recite a Jewish prayer for the dead. Upon hearing this, Elie became angry and questioned God. Elie had relied on God all of his life, but when terrible things began to happen to him and his loved ones and He was silent, his faith was lost. Elie’s dehumanization began earlier as he was deported from his home and crammed with other Jews in a cattle car, but it really took place as he was tortured in
When Night Falls Elie Wiesel’s book Night presents certain aspects of Jewish history, culture and practice through the story of Wiesel’s experience with his father in the concentration camps. Wiesel witnessed many horribly tragic things throughout his days in the concentration camps. It is these experiences that cause him to struggle with his faith. He grew up as a devote Jew who enjoyed studying and devoting himself to his religion.
Strangely enough, things got worse. In both the camps and Elie's faith. In what is the most scarring scene of this novel, Elie has to witness a child being hanged. To add to the matter, the little boy is not heavy enough for the rope to break his neck so Elie and his fellow prisoners are forced to watch the boy slowly dangle and suffocate for almost a half an hour. After this someone cries out asking where God is and Elie replies, “Where is he? This is where-hanging here from the gallows.” (p65). In this quote it is obvious and heartbreaking what Elie believes, he believes God is
Elie Wiesel was a Holocaust survivor who wrote a firsthand account of his experiences – Night. He was from Sighet. Although, given the opportunity to flee to Palestine, most of the Jews who were in Sighet did not believe that the Nazis would be able to get to them before World War II would come to an end (Wiesel 8). Wiesel and his family – his mother, his father and three sisters – were evacuated from their home in 1944 – near the end of World War II. Night by Elie Wiesel demonstrates that tragedy does not disappear from a person’s memory; instead, it shapes that person to be more empathetic, aware of the importance of hope and the need for a purpose in life.
Ten years after WWII, Elie Wiesel’s novel Night was published in 1955. Night describes “his memories of life inside four different Nazi death camps,” as he was one of the few Jews to survive the Holocaust during WWII (Sanderson). Wiesel’s autobiographical novel makes him “the best-known contemporary Holocaust writer and
Elie Wiesel, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for his book “Night,” survived through some of the harshest conditions mankind has ever seen. Separated from his mother and sisters at the Auschwitz concentration camp, he and his dad had to keep each other alive while they were being held captive by the Nazi’s. Elie had to manage to survive off of little food, forced labor, and other inhumane living conditions. In the book “Night” by Elie Wiesel, the main character, Elie, is affected by the events in this book by losing faith, becoming less sympathetic, and changing emotionally.
Elie is in a time period when everything was going bad for the jews. Throughout the book we see Elie trying to survive the Holocaust. His life starts off by strongly believing in God and wanting to practice the Cabbala. He talks about how he studied the Talmud during the day and attends the synagogue at night. As the story continues, he starts to lose faith in God in which Elie is questioning who can allow such immense and suffering. During the hanging of a young boy, somebody behind Elie was questioning where God was: “Where is the merciful God, where is he? ”(Wiesel 64). The guy continued to ask where God was when the three chairs were tipped over and the third rope
While they’re being separated from one another, he and his father continue through the process and finally get settled. Eventually the are presented with some pretty horrific events like hangings and other things. As this happens Elie once asked himself, “Where is merciful god, where is he?” This shows Elie second guessing his faith in God as he is questioning God himself. Near the end of the book Elie becomes quite used to this sights and starts to completely deny the presence of
Throughout Elie’s journey he experiences extremely traumatic events that take a toll on his faith. People were being burned to death, dying of starvation and suffering from illness everywhere he went. When the captives reach their first concentration
Faith is like a little seed, if you think about the positive aspects of the situation, then it will grow like how a seed grows when you water it. But if the seed does not receive water anymore, it will die like how the horrors and negativity of the concentration camps killed Elie’s faith. After the analyzation of the novel Night by Elie Wiesel the reader can visualize the horrors and slaughtering of millions of innocent people that occurred in concentration camps. Throughout the book, Elie explains how his faith in God was tested, as he was forced to leave his home, separated from his family, observe how much was being killed all around him, and witness children being thrown into huge ditches of fire, alive! Elie felt abandoned, betrayed, and deceived, the God that he knew was a loving and giving God, it was then he started to doubt his existence. Elie tries to hold on to his faith but the childhood innocence has disappeared from within him and he loses his faith completely in God, whom he thought would rescue him from his suffering.
1. This quote represents the terror and the caused psychological damage to the character of Elie during the first night in the camp. Only 24 hours of being there feel like an eternity to him. After this his life begins to feel like “one long night seven times sealed”, an endless torture, full of fear and horror.