The Characteristics Of Characters In Night By Elie Wiesel

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Most character traits develop from what you go through in life. People who were involved in the Holocaust or as guards developed different character traits as time went on. "I too had become a completely different person...All that was left was a shape that resembled me. My soul had been invaded-and devoured-by a black flame” (Wiesel 37). His character traits have changed from a nice, outgoing boy to a meek and sad individual. In the book “Night” by Elie Wiesel, the main character, Elie himself, character traits changed due to his experience at Auschwitz. Before Elie went to the concentration camp, he had multiple good character traits. (For example, resilience, determination, and questioning.) Wiesel states on page 4 that, “One day I asked my father to find me a master who could guide me in my studies of Kabbalah. ‘You are too young for that. Maimonides tells us that one must be thirty before venturing into the world of mysticism, a world fraught with peril.” This shows that he’s resilient and determined to learn more. As he was determined to learn from Moishe the Beadle, even though his father told him to wait until he was older to learn from him. He still went, going against his father’s wishes and learned Kabbalah from Moishe the Beadle. It shows that he will do what he wants to get what he wants even if someone tries to shut him down. Wiesel writes on page 32 that, “I pinched myself: Was I still alive? Was I awake? How was it possible that men, women, and children were being burned and that the world kept silent? No. All this could not be real.” When Elie was still in Sighet and saw that people were being taken away to ghettos and other places he started to become scared and questioned what was really going on making him more nervous as time went on. If he had believed Moishe he might’ve been ready for what was going on, but chose not to. Elie himself has always been sad and reflecting in the book and shows it on page 34, “Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed....Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even

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