The Importance Of Faith And Faith In Night By Elie Wiesel

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Indian civil rights leader, Mahatma Gandhi, once wrote, “Faith is not something you can grasp, it is a state to grow into.” In this quote, Gandhi explains how faith is not only a strong concept, but also an individual journey one must take. However, since faith is described as a state of change, it is necessary that one can let go of the burden of religion. In the memoir, Night, the author, Elie Wiesel, details his personal experiences with God and faith. Set during the Holocaust, Wiesel was one of millions of Jews persecuted for his faith; he was thrown into one of the deadliest concentration camps at age 15. In the beginning of the memoir, Elie Wiesel attempts to study the Kabbalah and pursue numerous religious endeavours; as the memoir continues, Elie begins to lose his religion. Although many people in the world may rely on faith and religion, Elie Wiesel presents the memoir, Night, along with its many symbols to show that even in the most dire of circumstances, faith cannot always help an individual in need. A crucial step in losing one’s faith is a lack of communication and practice of the religion. This is demonstrated through the process of dehumanization. The Nazi party prevented the Jews from practicing any types of religious practice, which in turn caused the men and women to slowly lose faith in God. For instance, in the beginning of the memoir, Elie Wiesel explains, “I was not able to find in Sighet a master to teach me the Zohar, the Kabbalistic works, the

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