Elie is now truly starting to question his faith in what he was tought to be a perfect and able, kind and gracious God. For his whole life up until this point God has been the center of it all. From life to death, the creator of it all, He wonders how God could be the minister of this hell like enviorment. At this point in the book Elie without doubt at the lowest point in his life, fighting with him self and an outside force (the German's) who show a curl and horrible world, and bettew God who preches a perfact and hearted world in which he no longer
“Never shall I forget those moments that murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams into ashes,”(34). It takes a lot of events to take your soul and dreams to be burnt into ashes. Eli was going through a really hard time and wanted answers that were not heard from God. Without the closure of the events going on he started to question if there was even a God at all.
In conclusion, Eli set his mind to believe that there was no hope and that everything was over. He didn’t think that he would see his brother again. But with patience and his other family members along his side he eventually got the answer that he had hoped for. Everything was still fine and everyone was alive. Sure he was angry about the wasted time in the shelter but he was more happy to see that his brother was ok. The moral is to never lose hope. It may not seem possible but anything can happen in the world we live in and it is up to everyone
He was a studious boy of strong faith who began to lose his religion when he was deported from his home. He looked back at his house and remembered how long he sought God there, but as he looked back, he felt nothing. “For the first time, I felt anger rising within me. Why should I sanctify His name? The Almighty, the eternal and terrible Master of the Universe, chose to be silent. What was there to thank Him for?” (Wiesel 33). Like Moishe, one of the things that was a large part of Elie’s humanity was religion. When he and his father marched towards the crematorium, towards certain death, Elie’s father began to recite a Jewish prayer for the dead. Upon hearing this, Elie became angry and questioned God. Elie had relied on God all of his life, but when terrible things began to happen to him and his loved ones and He was silent, his faith was lost. Elie’s dehumanization began earlier as he was deported from his home and crammed with other Jews in a cattle car, but it really took place as he was tortured in
Elie and his family never thought the rumors would ever reach them. Until one day it did. Sending them to ghettos, making them leave their lives behind. “I looked at my house in which I had spent years seeking my God, fasting to hasten the coming of the Messiah, imagining what my life would be like later. Yet I felt little sadness. My mind was empty.” (page 19) Elie didn’t know what to think. No one had a clue as to where they were going to be located now. The place where he used to worship his god was beginning to be taken away from him. He doesn’t realize that his god would make him feel so betrayed and little
This shows Elie’s change in his thoughts on God and having faith. At the beginning of the story, Elie strives to be a spiritual kid and is fascinated by learning about God. He goes behind his father's back to learn about God with Moishe the Beadle, and has intense prayers everyday which he cries during. However, he becomes bitter towards God, angry about all the pain he has inflicted on the Jewish race. This change in perspective was brought on by the torture, abuse, and inhumane treatment by the Nazis. It causes Elie to question how God, who is supposed to be helpful and good, could ever allow such horror. This connects to loss, and how the traumatic
In the beginning of the book, Elie’s faith in God is so strong that he never questions His existence. He went to the synagogue every day after school unlike other boys this age. He wanted to get closer to God by studying the Jewish texts more. He thought that the closer to God that if he was close to God than God will save him from anything. “One day I asked my father to find me a master who could guide me in my studies of Kabbalah” (Wiesel 4). Elie’s
In the beginning of the book, Elie believed that he no longer had faith, though he had been a compelling believer before. He also reveals the strong relationship he had with his father, and because his father was the only sense of family he had left, he did everything he could to keep his father healthy and alive. In section three of the novel, Elie shows the first sign of loss of faith, “For the first time, I felt anger rising within me… why should I sanctify his name… what was there to thank him for” (Wiesel 33). He believed that the terrible situation he was in, was to surely be blamed on God, due to the unanswered prayers that Elie received. Elie displays the great relationship he possessed with his father in section three as well, “Men to the left… women to the right… eight words spoken quietly, indifferently, without emotion... eight simple, short words… yet that was the moment when I left my mother… we were alone” (Wiesel 29). The quote demonstrates the fact that Elie’s family was literally split in half when his sister and mother went to the right and he and his father stayed left. Elie only has his father, so it makes sense for Elie to sacrifice everything for him.
At this point in the story, Elie rarely showed the slightest glimpse or belief in a higher power. He started to decline in hope and questioned every move of his father and all of the prisoners he gazed upon. An example of this rare occasion is when they are running in chapter six and seven. Elie witnessed a split of father and son without realizing that the son intentionally left his father in the dust. He later met a Rabbi who lost his son while they were running. Rabbi Eliahou fathered the son that Elie watched disappear into the group. Rabbi Eliahou did not realize that his son gave up on him and continued on without him. Elie vowed that he would never leave his father in the way that Rabbi Eliahou's son left him. “Oh god, Master of the Universe, give me the strength never to do what Rabbi Eliahou's son has done” ( Wiesel,87 ). Elie did not realize that with that statement he planted a seed of religion in his garden. It may seem acute but this monumental part caused the reaction of the
Elie was deeply devoted to his faith at the beginning but as the story progresses he loses that devotion and barely believes that there is a God that exists. The first signs of him losing his faith was when he arrived at the first camp and saw the horrible things people were doing to the Jews. Other people around him had already lost faith in God and Elie was beginning to doubt God due to Him allowing people to do this to others. “His
The initiating event in the novel The Droughtlanders that got the entire story rolling is when Eli follows his mother and sees her talking to a Droughtlander, the very same people he was taught to hate and despise because of the sickness that they carry. When he sees his mother kiss the Droughtlander he is mortified that that his mother would go anywhere near the people that are considered worse than rats. This leads Eli to question his mother, then question his beliefs, and then follow in his mother’s footsteps to bring the keys down.
After reading these two novels I think the overall purpose of these authors is for Paul to inform the reader about racial hatred and Elie to describe his experience during the holocaust. Paul talks about how humanity should be “Kindness is not an illusion and violence is not a rule. The true resting state of human affairs is not represented by a man hacking his neighbor into pieces with a machete. That is a sick aberration. No, the true state of human affairs is life as it ought to be lived.”. Elie goes describes what he saw, felt, and thought about during his time in the concentration camp “Blessed be God's name? Why, but why would I bless Him? Every fiber in me rebelled. Because He caused thousands of children to burn in His mass graves? Because he kept six crematoria working day and night, including Sabbath and the Holy Days? Because in His great might, He had created Auschwitz, Birkenau, Buna, and so many other
Elie’s faith before being exposed to the concentration camps is apparent and he works hard to strengthen and grow his faith. All throughout Night, Wiesel shows the eminent effect faith has on individual’s actions and attitude. At the beginning of Night, Elie’s faith is a key feature of his lifestyle and attitude. Studying under the wisdom of Moishe the Beadle, Elie can put his faith in retrospect as he says, “In the course of those evenings I became convinced that Moishe the Beadle would help me enter eternity, into that time when question and answer would become one” (Wiesel 5). It is very clear that Elie is very emotionally and physically invested in his faith. Before camp Elie was so eager to expand and connect to his faith in which he becomes, “convinced” that he fully understands his faith proving him to be a devout Jewish boy. Thus because, Moishe the Beadle is helping him “enter eternity” and build his faith. Elie’s whole life revolves
Introduction: The term "image of God" occurs three times in the Bible. In Genesis 1:26-27 and 9:6, we find out that man is created in the image of God. In 2 Cor. 4:4 we see the phrase used in reference to Jesus who is the "image of God." There is no exact understanding of what the phrase means, but we can generalize. It would seem that the first two verses refer to God's character and attributes that are reflected in people. The term cannot be a reference to a physical appearance of God since Jesus says in John 4:24 that God is Spirit, and in Luke 24:39 Spirit does not have flesh and bones. Therefore, we can conclude that the image of God deals with humanity's reflection of