Night, A Dark, Silent Time Where All Faith Is Lost

1165 Words Dec 4th, 2014 5 Pages
Night is a dark, silent time where all faith is lost. Night, a Holocaust memoir by Elie Wiesel is a tragic recollection of Elie’s Holocaust experience. Eliezer Wiesel, a young Jewish boy from the Transylvania region of Hungary, lives an average life until one fateful day, when he and his family are rounded up and sent to the notorious concentration camp, Auschwitz. Soon after, he loses his mother and two sisters within hours, and he himself comes two steps away from death. After a miserable first night that causes him to question everything about his life and how he lives, he goes through the next year living in harrowing conditions and witnessing numerous atrocities. This terrible time in his life makes him question his faith, and he begins to lose it, constantly questioning Where is God? How could he let something like this happen? Wiesel loses his faith temporarily throughout Night, no longer believing in humankind, God, and himself. Elie’s Holocaust experience was tragic, and caused him to struggle with his faith in humankind. Elie’s troubles started immediately upon arrival, as his sisters and mother were killed within hours of arriving at Auschwitz, and he and his father came two steps away from death. These appalling events made him wonder how people could commit such heinous deeds without second thought. These events lead to a tragic first night, where he wonders if he will ever be the same again: Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, that…
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