Quotes In Night By Elie Wiesel

784 WordsDec 1, 20174 Pages
There have been tons of events recorded over the years, but nothing has ever reached the scale of the Holocaust. During the events of the Holocaust, the most deadly time in recorded history, many people, specifically people that practiced the Jewish religion, went into work camps and never came out. In the award winning novel entitled “Night” by Elie Wiesel, the main character and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Elie, changes from before his stay in the most infamous camp, Auschwitz, and after he got out alive. Before Wiesel traveled to this gruesome death camp, he showed an abundance of positive traits. Some of these being his love for his religion, his strong hope for his future, and his powerful, loving family. In the first few pages Elie confesses his love for his religion and his ambition to pursue it to a teacher of the Jewish religion. He says that “...I told him how unhappy I was not to be able to find in Sighet a master to teach me the Zohar…” (5). He was stating that he wanted to branch off of his current religion and learn a new form of it, but he was limited because no one in his area also studied this form of Judaism. We can also learn that he was hopeful because you can tell that he is still trying to learn this other religion. Elie also writes that “Naturally, we refused to be separated” (20). He was speaking about his family in this quote and how he and his sisters had the opportunity to leave their mom and dad so that they could get to a safer place with the family maid. The mother did not want to go, so no one went; Instead they stuck together in the ghettos. They had an immensely strong family bond and it is shown through this passage. The children chose their family over a more certain safety. The next quote came after they were all in cattle carts, and were traveling to the new place. Elie recalls “It was as though madness had infected all of us” (27). Elie was scared during this time, but also reserved. He just kept to himself on while he was in this cart that was heading somewhere that he did not know. On the opposite side of the spectrum, during and after the camp, he was a totally changed person. He felt guilty at times and he also started to lose his faith in everything, including his
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