Elie Wiesel Reflection

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Certain experiences can change a person. In the memoir “Night” written and experienced by Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel, the main character, fifteen year old Elie, has a rollercoaster of changes and downfalls within his beliefs, judgement, and morals caused by the traumatic events he experienced while in Nazi Germany’s Auschwitz concentration camp. Before experiencing the horrors of the concentration camps, Elie was content with his religion, optimistic, and unaware of his future. When asked why he prayed, he compared it to living and breathing in that he would lose everything without it. “‘Why do you pray?’ he asked after a moment. Why did I pray? Strange question. Why did I live? Why did I breathe”(Wiesel 4)? Up to this point, Elie’s religion, Judaism, had been a tremendous part of his life studying it everyday and yearning to know more. To him, praying was just as important and relevant as living since he’s known it for all his life. Next is Elie’s optimism which while describing the soldiers in his town and waiting to board the packed cars, he wrote, “‘When will it be our turn?’ I asked my father. ‘The day after tomorrow. Unless… things work out. A miracle perhaps…’ … ‘Sleep peacefully, children. Nothing will happen until the day after tomorrow, Tuesday.’” (18). During this time, Elie and his family as well as everyone in the village was oddly optimistic. Though, at the same time, they were not yet aware of the horrors that awaited them after they got off the

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