The Loss Of Innocence In Elie Wiesel's Night

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Loss of innocence is a change in a person’s behaviors, beliefs, or perspectives as a result of experience. The theme of loss of innocence is often seen in not only literature, but also everyday life. During the Holocaust, many Jewish children were forced into concentration camps, where they endured eye opening experiences that forced them to lose their innocence. In the memoir, Night, Elie Wiesel writes about the experiences that caused him to lose his innocence in the concentration camps. At the age of fifteen, Elie was removed from his home and forced into a concentration camp with only his father left. Being in the concentration camp, Elie has witnessed and experienced many awful things that normal teens generally do not go through in life. Through these series of cruel events, Elie Wiesel experienced a loss of innocence in which caused desentization from the brutal events happening around him, caused his loss of hope in humanity, and changed his religious faith.
One event that leads to Wiesel’s loss of innocence is when he witnesses Idek beat his father with a metal bar and remained silent about it. This event contributes to Wiesel’s loss of innocence because he lacked emotion during the brutal beating against his father. During the Buna camp, Elie’s father was doing a poor job, which resulted in Idek’s father beating his father with a metal bar. Elie thought to himself, “I had watched it all happening without moving. I kept silent. In fact, I thought of stealing away
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