Deterioration In Night

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After reading Elie Wiesel’s memoir, Night, the reader traces Elie’s life through his experiences in the Holocaust. Examination of what he sees and feels makes evident his change from a religious, sensitive little boy to a spiritually dead, unemotional man. By exploring his life before deportation, at Auschwitz and at Buna, the path of his deterioration is markedly clear. Before Elie is deported from his home in Hungary, he is a fairly happy and observant kid. He spends his time trying to learn more about the Cabbala. Elie had become friends with Moshe the Beadle and he helped guide him in his studies: “It was with him [Moshe the Beadle] that my initiation began” (Weisel 3). Moshe was the first to start to grow Elie in his faith. Through Moshe, Elie saw himself. Elie was challenged by Moshe and was forced to dig deeper into the Cabbala.…show more content…
When Elie first saw the smoke and smelt the burning of the bodies he was immediately broken. He then began to question God and if he was even there: “Never shall I forget those flames which consumed my faith forever. Never shall I forget that nocturnal silence which deprived me, for all eternity, of the desire to live” (Weisel 32). Just from the first night Elie had seen and heard all he needed to to pull away from God. He had emotionally been through so much that “the first night in camp, which had turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed” (Weisel 32). What Elie is saying is that from now on his life will be full of darkness and solitude. God is no longer with Elie and he never will
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