Physical Changes In Night By Elie Wiesel

1050 WordsNov 6, 20175 Pages
In life, people go through different changes when put through difficult experiences. In the book Night, Elie Wiesel is a young Jewish boy whose family is sent to a concentration camp by Nazis. The story focuses on his experiences and trials through the camp. Elie physically becomes more dehumanized and skeletal, mentally changes his perspective on religion, and socially becomes more selfish and detached, causing him to lose many parts of his character and adding to the overall theme of loss in Night. Elie’s physical changes throughout the story are best displayed on page 115: “From the depths of the mirror, a corpse was contemplating me. The look in his eyes as he gazed has never left me” (Wiesel 115). This quote is taken from the end…show more content…
In addition, the loss of youth is shown through his eyes and face changing. The change in Elie’s views on religion are best displayed by his monologue after a man beside him is praising God: Why, but why would I bless him? Every fiber in me rebelled. Because He caused thousands of children to burn in His mass graves? Because He kept the crematoria working day and night, including the Sabbath and Holy Days? Because in His great might, he had created Auschwitz, Birkenau, and so many other factories of death? How could I say to him: Blessed be Thou, Almighty, Master of the Universe, who chose us among all nations to be tortured day and night , to watch as our fathers, our mothers, our brothers end up in furnaces? Praised by Thy name Holy Name, for having chosen us to be slaughtered on Thine altar? (Wiesel 67) This shows Elie’s change in his thoughts on God and having faith. At the beginning of the story, Elie strives to be a spiritual kid and is fascinated by learning about God. He goes behind his father's back to learn about God with Moishe the Beadle, and has intense prayers everyday which he cries during. However, he becomes bitter towards God, angry about all the pain he has inflicted on the Jewish race. This change in perspective was brought on by the torture, abuse, and inhumane treatment by the Nazis. It causes Elie to question how God, who is supposed to be helpful and good, could ever allow such horror. This connects to loss, and how the traumatic
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