Don't Fight the Enemy in Night by Elie Wiesel Essay

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Fredrich Nietzsche once said, “Be careful when you fight the monsters, lest you become one.” This means that if a person isn’t careful, the evils that person fights against might be the very thing that person will become. This statement is valid and holds true in both life and literature. Night by Elie Wiesel supports the idea to not fight like the enemy. Wiesel uses setting and characterization to develop his story and to get this point across. Elie Wiesel uses the setting to develop his story. Night occurs in several different locations between the ghettos and different concentration camps. The year is 1944 when the story starts and Eliezer Wiesel is living in the small town of Sighet, in Hungarian Transylvania. Not long after the…show more content…
Everyone thought that he had just gone mad. He continually asks where God has gone and questions how there is so much evil in the world. In Night, like Moshe the Beadle, Elie Weisel bears witness to tragedy in order to warn others, and to prevent anything like the Holocaust from happening again. Eliezer, the protagonist, characterizes himself throughout the novel with how he feels about things and what he says. Readers can see that he is internally conflicted about his father through much of their experience. He was never sure if he should try to help his dad or if he should just fend for himself. Within the book, we learn that Elie is 15 while in the concentration camp. We also see Elie start to lose his faith directly after they arrive at the first concentration camp and he sees the babies being burned. This supports the idea of the quote stated before. Elie was trying to fight against the genocide but he ended up losing faith while he was there. Wiesel begins to question his faith in other human beings as well as his sense of justice in the world. He was often at war with himself trying to decide what he felt. Into their journey, Elie realizes that he does need his dad and that they should help and push each other along the journey. Readers see that he keeps his dad going in the death march and he helps him survive. Over time, Elie starts to question whether there is a God and why, if there were
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