The Power Of Inhumanity In Night By Elie Wiesel

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Horrendous situations such as the Holocaust reveal just how much of a person’s beliefs and principles are based upon the environment one is in. If one studies such a period of inhumanity and barbarity, it becomes quite clear that the difference between a devout Jew and an Atheist is not as large as it may seem; for, the time it takes for someone to transition from one to the other is not long at all when being pushed by the enormous weight of the cruelty at that time. One such example of these monumental transformations is Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and author of the memoir Night. At the beginning of the novel, Elie Wiesel is passionate about his Jewish faith; however, the horrifying acts of cruelty he witnesses at Auschwitz cause him to lose his faith in God. At the beginning of the novel, Elie is extremely passionate and curious about the Jewish faith. Wiesel includes many details about his fervor for his faith at the start of the memoir to show what he is like before the Holocaust. He needs to include a “before” scenario to show the striking deterioration of his belief in God throughout his horrible experiences. Early on, Elie and Moishe the Beadle spend a lot of time discussing their faith: “And Moishe the Beadle, poorest of the poor of Sighet, spoke to me for hours on end about the Kabbalah’s revelations and its mysteries…Not to learn it by heart but to discover within the very essence of divinity” (Wiesel 5). Moishe the Beadle speaks to Elie “for hours on end”

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