Elie Wiesel Reflection

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Title Elie Wiesel changed in many ways throughout the story. He changed spiritually, physically, and emotionally. The experiences he had to live through were extremely difficult to deal with as an impressionable teenager. The holocaust was gruesome enough for an adult with a strong body and ample understanding of the world but for a child the horrors were only amplified. The pain Wiesel endured changed his views on the things he held sacred, it changed his physical body, and his mental state. In the beginning of the book Wiesel was extremely religious and thought that religion was very important. He is so passionate about god and judaism that he “felt the need to cry” whenever he prayed (Wiesel 4). His views about his god held steady for a while in the concentration camp but were diminished slightly with every passing day. He witnessed his god’s people being tortured alive, he saw wailing children flug into pits of flame, and he saw his neighbors and friends brutally murdered. Later in the book another prisoner asked where god was during the execution of a child and Wiesel said to himself that god was “here hanging from this gallows” because in Wiesel’s eyes god was dead (Wiesel 65). Wiesel changed physically as much as he did mentally. Before the holocaust Wiesel lived happily, he never had to worry about where his next meal was coming from. At the concentration camp, however, he was starved. He ate very little food with minimal nutrients or other life sustaining properties. For around a year he only ate soup and bread. After his emancipation at the end of the book Elie looks in the mirror for the first time and saw “from the depths of the mirror a corpse” (Wiesel 115). He had quite literally starved. Wiesel changed mentally throughout his teenage years. He didn’t get to grow up normally, instead of making friends and exploring the world he witnessed multiple children murdered in front of his face. Before the holocaust Wiesel was normal, he was a child who felt he was ready to learn about the world. He was hopeful for the result of the war, even if the Germans won he thought they would never come after him and his family. The Germans were kind to him one even bought his neighbor “Mrs. Kahn a box of

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