Theme Of Torture In Night By Elie Wiesel

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A Much Worse Torture

Can you imagine having everything stripped away from you, your friends, family, and all basic rights, all of it seeming like one long never ending night. Barely anyone today could, however this was a reality for Elie Wiesel, author of the award winning book Night. The book is a wonderful insight to the events of the holocaust. It is filled with grueling instances of survival, family, and even the inhumanity of man, however another kind of torture that is slightly less obvious is constantly referenced throughout this autobiography, and that is the loss of faith. Although this theme may seem less prevalent, it is in my opinion the most important one in all areas including importance to Elie Wiesel, prominence in the
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Later on, his doubt intensifies to the point of open rejection on page 69 where he says, “there was no longer any reason for me to fast. I no longer accepted God's silence. As I swallowed my ration of soup, I turned that act into a symbol of rebellion, of protest against Him.” By the end of the book, he is to the point of not even acknowledging God. His loss of faith follows the progression of the story and remains prevalent throughout.

Finally, this theme is extremely important to you. You may be asking how the experiences of a jewish boy losing his faith can apply to you, however I believe that Elie, who has said that he wrote this book to make sure no one forgets about the holocaust, actually wrote it in part as a message to those with doubts to their own faith. Though the theme is the loss of his faith, it is never shown that this loss is good. On page 68 Elie states, “ I was the accuser, God the accused. My eyes had opened and I was alone, terribly alone in a world without God, without man. Without love or mercy.” Elie says that it feels good thinking that you are stronger than God, however he also says it is lonely and painful being in a world without religion. It is my opinion that this book serves as a warning to those with doubts. it shows perfectly what it feels like to lose your religion, and the consequences thereof. Elie wants you to know that your religion needs to be important to you.

In our day and time, I hope that no one will be able to

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