Theme Of Identity In Night By Elie Wiesel

1398 WordsNov 19, 20176 Pages
Early 1940s, an observant, young boy, and his caring father: the start to a story that would become known throughout the world of Eliezer Wiesel. His eye-opening story is one of millions born from the Holocaust. Elie’s identity, for which he is known by, is written out word for word his memoir, Night. Throughout his journey, Elie’s voice drifts from that of an innocent teen intrigued with the teachings of his religion to that of a soul blackened by a theoretical evil consuming that of the Nazis and Hitler’s Germany. Elie Wiesel's memoir, Night, examines the theme of identity through the continuous motifs of losing one’s self in the face of death and fear, labeling innocent people for a single dimension of what defines a human being, and…show more content…
This can be equated to post-traumatic stress disorder, which is the name that was later given to the symptoms shown by these people. (Asaf) Elie’s own relative, Reizel, died after learning that he no longer had a reason to live. His identity belonged to his wife and sons and when he found out the truth of their fate, his identity was lost, as was his will to survive. The identity of survivors was altered permanently by the traumatic events in the concentration camps and ghettos. “Idek was on edge, he had trouble restraining himself. Suddenly, he exploded. The victim this time was my father. (...) I watched it all happening without moving. I kept silent. In fact, I thought of stealing away in order not to suffer the blows. What’s more, if I felt anger at the moment, it was not directed at the Kapo but at my father. (...) This is what life in a concentration camp had made of me.” (Weisel 54) Elie is one example of someone whose identity changed after living through the Holocaust. His father and himself were inseparable through their journey. The pair refused to work without each other. Both Elie’s mother and sister were lost to him during the selection at their first concentration camp. His father was the only family he had left and the bond of family love is sometimes the only motivation that can keep one alive. However, despite Elie's love for his father, he blamed him for getting beaten when Idek chose him randomly to let out his anger on. Elie had begun to
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