The Holocaust : How It Changed Eliezer

927 Words May 15th, 2016 4 Pages
Justin Johnson
English I, Period 6
Night Essay
Monday, May 16, 2016
The Holocaust: How it changed Eliezer
Night, by Elie Wiesel, showed the devastation of Eliezer’s childhood and illustrated the loss of innocence through the evil of others. Elie Wiesel expressed to us that one’s own faith and beliefs can be challenged through torture and ongoing suffering. The novel, Night, allowed the reader to witness the change in Eliezer from one of an innocent child who strongly adhered to his faith in God into a person who questioned not only his faith and God but of himself as well. The cruelty is shown to him while in the concentration camp forced him to wonder if there was a God and if so why would he put him and the others through such torture. Through his suffering, Eliezer’s beliefs dramatically and negatively changed his faith in God and compelled him to experience a transformative relationship with his father.
As a 12-year-old boy living with his family in the town of Sighet, Eliezer was a devout and studious Orthodox Jew studying both the Talmud and the Kabbalah and faithfully following Jewish law. When asked why did he pray, he thought it was such a strange question, his faith is shown when he thinks to himself, “Why did I pray? Why did I live? Why did I breathe?” (Wiesel 4). He believes that God is everywhere and since God is everywhere and we are all a reflection of God that good must be everywhere and within everyone. Unfortunately, once the Germans move into his town…
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