Night By Elie Wiesel Analysis

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American author, Ursula K. Le Guin, once stated, “In our loss of fear we craved the acts of religion, the ceremonies that allow us to admit our helplessness, our dependence on the great forces we do not understand.” Between the timeline of 1933 through 1945, people witnessed the massive genocide of innocents single-handedly conducted by Adolf Hitler. Within the concentration camps implemented by Adolf Hitler, people struggled to survive, and the people who failed to survive, died miserably. While surviving, some resorted to religion in order to fortify their well-being and state of mind. On the contrary, some individuals lost their religion due to their unimaginable experience in the concentration camps. The memoir Night, reminisces Elie…show more content…
The presence of god seems imperceivable, therefore, he struggled to maintain his belief. In Elie's arrival in Auschwitz, Elie’s family and others split in groups. As Eliesel held with his father, a holocaust veteran confronted the two and asked them for their age. The veterans told them to state “18 and 40” in response to the guards in Auschwitz. Elie and his father did what they did in order to survive. Ordered to move to the left side of the line, they felt happy until they realized the left side meant a death sentence. Wiesel states, “Everybody around us was weeping. Some began to recite Kaddish, the prayer for the dead. I don’t know whether, during the history of the Jewish people, men have ever before recited Kaddish for themselves. For the first time, I felt anger rising within me. Why should I sanctify, his name” (32). In moments of extreme desperation, at the end of all things, these men fall back on religion. However, Elie questioned the action of sanctifying the lord. He failed to obey reciting Kaddish because God did not enforced the actions of the Nazi’s. The visual of jews slowly dying in the crematorium provoked him to question about God’s presence. Therefore, he struggled to maintain his religion which represents internal conflict. The author Elie Wiesel shows internal conflict, in his memoir Night, to display the loss of religion throughout the book. The experience that Moishe went through changed his

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