Reflection In Night By Elie Wiesel

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A Woman named Catherine Woodiwiss once said “Trauma permanently changes us. … There is no ‘back to the old me.’ You are different now, full stop.” In the book Night by Elie Wiesel The main character, the author, and his family go through a traumatizing experience. This story is told from the point of view of Elie but is focused around him and his father’s lives in the concentration camps. The story demonstrates a lot about Elie’s emotional state and actions throughout the story and he changes overtime in many ways. Elie Wiesel has been through experiences that have entirely transformed himself from a young, innocent, religious, and weak boy to a strong, caring, and persevering young man.
From the start of the book when Elie was introduced you could tell he was a family oriented, religious and well behaved young boy. Throughout the book you can see evidence of religious belief and how often being a Jew is mentioned in the story. Elie talks about himself at the beginning of the book describing himself with these word:
It is, however, another aspect of this extraordinary book that has held my attention. The child who tells us his story here was one of God's chosen. From the time he began to think, he lived only for God, studying the Talmud, eager to be initiated into the Kabbalah, wholly dedicated to the Almighty. (Wiesel xix)
He was very faithful to God and tried to know everything he could about him and was just a young and innocent religious boy. Another trait that Elie had was being a family oriented boy who seemed to relate to the idea of no man left behind. The text explains a situation when Elie showed signs of family oriented actions:
Maria, our former maid, came to see us. Sobbing she begged us to come with her to her village where she had prepared a safe shelter. My father wouldn’t hear of it. He told me and my big sister's, “If you wish, go there. I shall stay here with your mother and the little one…” naturally, we refuse to be separated. (Wiesel 20)
He chose not to leave them and he stayed not wanted to be separated from them. He clearly cares about his family and must be very close with them in some way, most likely through religious beliefs or practices. Overall Elie started off the beginning

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