Effects Of Innocence In Night By Elie Wiesel

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The Effects of Concentration Camps As humans mature, the perception of a perfect world begins to reveal the horrors in life. This causes human’s innocence to slowly diminish. In a memoir, Night, by Elie Wiesel demonstrates how his innocence fades away as a teenager in a concentration camp. Wiesel experiences many horrendous scenes in the concentration camp. He has spent most of his teenage years there which traumatizes him for the rest of his life. He gradually starts to lose everything he has loved, which results in surviving alone. Wiesel’s loss of innocence causes his life to become more difficult by witnessing his father slapped, the disbelief in God, and observing children being incinerated alive. In the concentration camps, Jews have witnessed and experience violence towards them. One way Wiesel’s life became challenging is by the loss of his innocence from witnessing his father being stuck in the face. In Auschwitz at a concentration camp, Wiesel's father asks the Gypsy a simple question that results in him getting slapped painfully, in “ My father had just been struck in front of me, and I had not even blinked” (Wiesel, 39). As Wiesel’s father is being slapped in front of him, Wiesel becomes frozen in fear. He begins to understand that violence is real in the world. Wiesel has never witnessed anything that has ever made him fear for his life. He says this in “ I had not even blinked”, where he petrify in fear. As his father is getting slapped, Wiesel is silently

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