Elie Wiesel's Identity In The Novel Night

1183 WordsNov 20, 20175 Pages
Throughout a lifetime, people undergo many different identities to discover their true self. Elie Wiesel, the author of the memoir Night, suffered a major event that changed his identity forever. In his experience at the concentration camps during the Holocaust, Elie had to fight to stay alive even during the most resilient moments. This event shaped his life and brought Elie to endure different perspectives in his time in the camps. Eliezer’s identity changed throughout the memoir from faithful, to fearful, to hopeless. Originally, Eliezer was a young teenager who was devoted to his religion and was pious. According to the text, Elie explains, “Why did I pray? Strange question. Why did I live? Why did I breathe?” (4). Religion was Elie’s way of life and brought him a sense of completeness. Praying and understanding his religion was like breathing, he couldn’t live without it. He dedicated himself to his faith and wanted to follow the same acts as his father who was a known man in their town of Sighet and put other people and his religion before himself. At a young age, Elie wanted to study Kabbalah, which is the deepest insights into God and the purpose of creation. He found his master in a man named Moishe the Beadle. Moishe the Beadle was a master in everything he has done and was an influential person in Elie’s life. For instance, “Man comes closer to God through the questions he asks Him...Man asks and God replies...The real answers, Eliezer, you will find only within yourself,”(5). Moshe proved that God is always there to guide you no matter what happens, but sometimes you also have to rely on yourself. Elie was astounded with the way Moishe viewed God and the lessons he was taught. It became a routine for Elie to converse with him. But after Moishe was transported from Sighet for being a foreign Jew, Elie started to have a change of thought. Weisel points out, “One day… I saw Moishe the Beadle… told me what had happened to him and his companions… were forced to dig huge trenches… they [the Gestapo] shot their prisoners… Infants were tossed… and used as targets for the machine guns,” (6). Moishe’s experiences sounded so horrifying that nobody believed him- he was called a fool and liar. Although
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