Night By Elie Wiesel Character Analysis

1455 WordsNov 13, 20176 Pages
People tend to think that it is difficult to trust in something invisible, but it is especially challenging for someone to do so when he has everything taken away. In the memoir, Night, Elie Wiesel recalls his experiences with his family during World War II. After he first arrives at Auschwitz, Elie Wiesel’s mother and sisters are taken away from him. His father is suddenly all that remains of his family. Elie Wiesel witnesses many other terrible events during his first night at camp; the only thing that keeps him sane is his father. Elie Wiesel’s father even keeps him from rebelling and possibly getting himself killed before the Germans intended. When Wiesel lives in the concentration camp with his fellow Jews, he begins to question the…show more content…
The pipel, a young boy everyone likes, hangs on the rope for half an hour in agony before finally dying. To Elie Wiesel, the fact that an honorable God could let this happen seems wrong. Other hangings that Wiesel witnesses show strength and defiance against the Germans, but this hanging gave everyone a real view of all the innocent children that had been killed. Wiesel hears someone in the crowd asking, “Where is God?” (61). To Wiesel, God is hanging on the gallows, powerless to help anyone. Elie Wiesel’s father is taking better care of him than this God who can not aid his own people, who can not save his own reputation in front of his weary followers. In the end, the hanging only enforces the idea that God will not help them. More Jews now turn to themselves or others for help, while Wiesel and his father continue strengthening their relationship. Even when facing death every day, some Jews in Auschwitz still look to God for hope instead of rebelling. On the day before the Jewish new year, Elie Wiesel watches the other Jews pray before eating their soup. The fact that he does not join in shows that Wiesel has not turned back to God and will most likely continue without God. Wiesel thinks that they should instead focus on their survival, “What does Your greatness mean, Lord of the universe, in the face of all this weakness [...] Why do you still trouble their sick
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