Essay on Night by Elie Wiesel

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Night by Elie Wiesel

Night, By Elie Wiesel is a devastatingly true story about one man's witness to the genocide of his own people. Living through the horrifying experiences in the German concentration camps of Auschwitz and Buchenwald, Elie sees his family, friends and fellow Jews starved, degraded, and murdered. In this essay I will address three important topics expressed throughout the course of the book. First, I will discuss the struggle and eventual loss of religious faith by Elie in his battle to maintain humanity in this de-humanizing environment, and what ultimately enabled him to survive. Second, I will show the established relationship between Elie and his father, and the impact
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Although unaware to him at the time, this is the last Elie will ever see of his mother and sister. For this reason, many Jews are grieving and begin to recite the Kaddish, a Jewish prayer for the dead. Here Elie questions, " Why should I bless his name? The Eternal, Lord of the Universe, the All-Powerful and Terrible, was silent. What had I to thank Him for?" Shortly after, as he marches toward the barracks, Elie witnesses a load of children being dumped into a pit of flames which he labels the "Angel of Death". At this point I see the diminishing effects the first night of camp life is already having on Elie as he vows, "Never shall I forget those flames which consumed my faith forever… Never shall I forget these moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust….Never." Each day at the German concentration camp further and further deteriorates Elie's belief in God. The final moment, where he renounces all belief in the existence of God comes at the funeral of three Jewish males who were hung the day before, one of which was merely a child so light in weight that he hung struggling for nearly an hour before he died. Elie states, "This day I ceased to plead…. My eyes were open and I was alone-terribly alone in a world without God and

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