Elie Wiesel Reflection

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Change is inevitable. Actions, feelings, personalities even, are shaped through experiences and events that take place in our lives. Elie Wiesel’s Night expressed the different circumstances in which Eliezer Wiesel was placed in that impacted his perception of everyone and everything, including his own God. His faith diminished with every daunting obstacle he was forced to face and is the main change seen in Elie during the course of the book. Prior to his experiences in the concentration camps, Eliezer expresses his faithfulness to God and how he feels the need to further himself in his religion. Early in chapter one Elie strongly conveys his desire for a mentor to help him down his spiritual path. In the text he states: “One day I asked my father to find me a master who could guide me in my studies of Kabbalah. “You are too young for that… First you must study the basic subjects, those you are able to comprehend” (Wiesel 4). Elie wants to follow God and further his knowledge of Kabbalah (his religion), he even goes as far to ask his father about helping him find a master. Although Eliezer is passionate, his father assumes he is too young to understand the complexity of certain topics and refuses to assist. Regardless of his dad’s disapproval, Elie successfully finds a mentor. When Eliezer reached Auschwitz, he exhibited signs of doubt and confusion. He witnessed adults, children, babies being thrown into fires and burning until they died. He questioned God, wondering why he would allow such horrifying episodes to occur. In chapter 2 he demands: “Why should I sanctify His name? The Almighty, the eternal terrible Master of the Universe, chose to be silent. What was there to thank Him for?… I was not denying His existence, but I doubted his absolute justice” (Wiesel 33 & 45). Elie has seen people of all ages being killed and others praying that they won’t be next. He wonders to himself why God would allow such injustices to occur as well as ask why he would glorify the God that was about to lead him into the flames. In the quote he even clarified that “I was not denying His existence, but I doubted his absolute justice” implying that he disagreed with how the Lord stayed silent in such a horrific

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