Essay Night by Elie Wiesel

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In the novel Night, by Elie Wiesal presents the readers with many theme’s throughout the long journey of Elie, and his miraculous survival of one of the toughest experiences known to man. The major theme throughout the whole story is Elie’s struggle to maintain any sort of faith in god or a god like figure. As we meet Elie in the beginning, we see that God is a constant in this young boys life. He even stated “Why did I pray? . . . Why did I live? Why did I breathe?” (Wiesal) Here we see that there is no second guessing his faith in god and how strong it was. But after few experiences during the Holocaust it becomes apparent that his “faith” in god seems to be lessoning day after day. After his first days in the camps, Elie wonders how…show more content…
As Elie watches his father slowly die, or as he watches the mass murders going on, he screams for god, but all he gets back in return is silence… only silence. But this was not the only form of silence we saw throughout Elie’s concentration camp experiences, we also saw the silence of the prisoners. You’d think they would say something or do something about what is going on around them, but instead they are silent, not saying a word. When they were beating his father for going to the bathroom, Elie told us he felt guilty for not sticking up for his father, for not saying anything. In times like this silence is something that can not prevail, it’s the only thing we hear. In modern day many people believe that the human race has turned into a hateful race to be apart of. But I do not believe anyone has experienced what kind of real hate us humans can put upon each other. Imagine being in a world where one group of humans are murdering millions of people for the sole reason of there religious views, or other beliefs that a certain group felt were worth being killed for. In this story Elie can no longer make sense of the awful world around him. He was in a shocked state of mind to ponder upon the fact that in these camps, prisoners weren’t coming together to fight the forces of evil, instead they were going against each other.

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