Elie Wiesel Reflection

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Night is a brutally honest memoir of much of Elie Wiesel’s childhood. When Wiesel was young he was very devoted to his Religion, asking questions and reading scripture. When the trains were loaded Wiesel no longer had the words to express his disdain. After setting foot in Auschwitz Wiesel felt abandoned by god and no longer believed God was not righteous. Rightful decision he watched children burn, men get shot, women disappear to never return. Despite all this Wiesel never truly lost his religion explaining “I was not denying His existence, but I doubted His absolute justice.”(45,Wiesel). As time passes faith was restored and like many Holocaust survivors Wiesel is still Jewish and was proud to tell the world about it to the day he died. For the mass majority of Wiesel’s tale he questioned God. The emotion associated with this part of the book is anger. Anger is an intense emotion, but it is a secondary emotion made by the combination of one or more primary emotion. Sadness and grief can lead to anger, along with helplessness and confusion. These are all emotion Wiesel felt, but he was powerless needed an outlet that wouldn’t get him killed. Who else to blame but the all righteous god Wiesel states, “Some of the men spoke of God: His mysterious ways, the sins of the Jewish people, and the redemption to come. As for me, I had ceased to pray. I concurred with Job! I was not denying His existence, but I doubted His absolute justice” (45). Ceasing to pray does not raise suspicion for most people, but Wiesel would cry while praying just because it felt right to him and spend lots of time at the synagogue. He went on a rant after a ‘officiating’ inmate said “Blessed be the Almighty…” the entire paragraph can be summed up very well in its last two sentences, “Praised be Thy Holy Name, for having chosen us to be slaughtered on Thine Altar?” (67). Wiesel believed in God’s existence there is no doubt about that. Wiesel asked question to God but God didn’t answer because he wasn’t there, that is what angered Wiesel. His questions turned into accusations to a well defended guilty party. Wiesel stated “ I was the accuser, God the accused.” (68). The point must be made clear Wiesel still believed

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