When Night Falls in Elie Wiesel's Book, Night

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When Night Falls Elie Wiesel’s book Night presents certain aspects of Jewish history, culture and practice through the story of Wiesel’s experience with his father in the concentration camps. Wiesel witnessed many horribly tragic things throughout his days in the concentration camps. It is these experiences that cause him to struggle with his faith. He grew up as a devote Jew who enjoyed studying and devoting himself to his religion. Throughout the book we see him struggle with his concept of faith and beliefs. For example the quote “…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” (Wiesel 69). We can see his frustration with God and how hurt he is by what is going on around him. However we also see him wanting to hold on to some hope that things will get better and that God is real. We can see his hope in his encounters with the other people at the concentration camps as well as in the things he says. For instance he says ”in spite of myself, a prayer formed inside me, a prayer to this God in whom I no longer believed” (Wiesel 91). It is like this battle between his brain and his heart. His brain is seeing all these horrible things going on around him and wants nothing to do with God or faith anymore but his heart still believes in it all. It still has hope and love for something that he can no longer see around him. I
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