Night Elie Weisel Essay

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“Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed. Never shall I forget that smoke. 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. Never shall I forget that nocturnal silence which deprived me, for all eternity, of the desire to live. Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never” (Wiesel 43).

As he reflects upon his horrendous first night in
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As mentioned before, Wiesel wrote elsewhere, “My anger rises up within faith and not outside it.” Eliezer reflects this position, which is particularly visible throughout this passage. Despite saying he has lost all faith, it is clear that Eliezer is actually struggling with his faith and his God. Just as he is never able to forget the horror of “that night,” he is never able to reject completely his heritage and his religion.
Elie, the narrator, is a deeply spiritual and passionate child growing up in Eastern Europe. He studies the Torah and the Cabala. He goes to the synagogue and weeps. He actually weeps when he prays, that is how deep and passionate is his faith in God.
Through the process of de-humanization instituted by the Nazis, Elie rapidly loses his faith in God. Now, I wish to be clear. At no point does he stop believing in God. Rather, he loses his faith that God is an omnipotent and all-loving God. He sees what is happening all around him to God's own chosen people, and suffers the destruction of his life's most important paradigm, to be replaced with a cynicism and heroic humanism.
Elie has not stopped believing in God. But, for him, the God whom he loved and adored has been hung and executed. His innocent

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