Essay on Loss of Religion in Night, by Elie Wiesel

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What is religion? The dictionary states that religion is: “Possessing beliefs concerning the nature and purpose of the universe and the supernatural” (A student’s Dictionary 268). Different cultures have different definitions for the word religion. However, they all have one characteristic in common, faith. The Jewish, for instance, believe in God and that the Messiah will come in the future to bring them once again to the land of Israel. They continue to wait for Him to come. Over time, the Jews were shunned by many people. Hitler pushed all the blame for his, and his people’s troubles on the Jewish people, which then started the holocaust. The holocaust annihilated millions of people many of which were Jews. Six million Jews, making up…show more content…
Over the course of his time there, he is worked hard and witnesses horrific deaths. Because of all the traumatic events that occurred, he lost faith in the God he once believed in unconditionally. John Roth, author of In the Beginning, explained that the holocaust could only have happened if there was no God (35). However this is not true. In actuality, Eliezer explains that there is a God, he just does not believe in His power anymore. Elie does not say that he has become an atheist or that God had died as many people believe” (Brown 72). Elie simply does not believe in Him because of all the events that occurred while he was in the concentration camps. The concentration camps were places of suffering. Elie described his first night at the concentration camp. “ ...Never shall I forget the little faces of the children , whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky. Never shall I forget those flames which consumed my faith forever” (Wiesel 32). Elie was a child, pretending to be older in order to survive. Elie was not much older than the children that were too young to work and were murdered because they were of no use to the Nazis. Being as young as he was, the holocaust affected his life greatly. Children are more susceptible to events that happen to them. They tend to remember the more prominent events in their lives. The holocaust was a very prominent event in Elie’s life and because of it, he lost his faith. Since he was so young he
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