Moral And Religious Questions Arise

955 WordsApr 10, 20164 Pages
Many moral and religious questions arise in Elie Wiesel’s Night regarding faith in God during crisis, obligation to others over oneself, familial bonds, etc. However, the one with the most dramatic impact on the narrative and arguably the most important one in Night questions God’s role in the Holocaust. Was God absent during the Holocaust? If so, why did he abandon the Jewish people? If not, how could he permit such a terrible atrocity to be committed against His chosen people? Wiesel’s character Eliezer experiences his own faith in God’s existence be extinguished while he endures the Holocaust. While watching a child hang to death in front of a massive crowd in one of the camps, Eliezer even claims that God is dead, having been murdered with the child. Many people think that God was not present during the Holocaust, with the thinking that it would never have happened if He had been. This, however, makes the assumption that God just abandons his people whenever He feels like it. The books of the Old Testament show a vengeful God, but not one that casually steps out for a smoke break and lets the world fall to pieces. So, to me it seems unlikely that God was merely missing in action and that is why the Holocaust was able to occur. Some survivors of the Holocaust and their descendants view it as God’s punishment towards the Jewish people for turning away from him and towards secularism and materialism. From this perspective, it is easy to read the first section of Night as
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