Analytical Essay On Night By Elie Wiesel

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Mortifying. Earth shattering. Horrific. The memoir Night by Elie Wiesel tells of his experience in the horrific concentration camp Auschwitz. Elie Wiesel was a 15 year old Jewish boy when his entire family was moved to a concentration camp. At the camp, Elie goes through many mortifying and earth shattering trials that test him. One of his trials was his relationship with God. At first, Elie had great faith in God, but later on he starts to doubt God's power, and near the end of the memoir he no longer believes God had any power to help.
Originally, Elie had unquestionable faith in God. For example, in Sighet, Moishe the Beadle questions why Elie prays to God. Elie had never thought about that and states "Why do I pray? Strange question. Why did I live? Why did I breathe?"(Wiesel 4). Elie prayed so often it is instinct that he pray to God. He had been raised to listen and obey God. He had never thought of why he prayed, all he knew was that God commanded men to pray. Elie believed and trusted in God and did what he asked without questioning the motives. This shows that Elie had great faith in God when he lived in Sighet.
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At the concentration camp, at night some of the other prisoners would talk of God and how He works in mysterious ways. They believed that they were being tested of their faith. Elie had a much different view of God after all he has been through because he "...was not denying His existence, but I doubted his absolute justice"(45). Elie still thought that God existed, but now he did not think God had power over everything. He believed if God had power over everything, then he would have prevented all the evil things that the Nazis did to the Jews and his family. God loves all of his children, and he wouldn't want evil things to happen to them. If He had the power to, He would have stopped the horrors Elie was facing. Elie is truly starting to question his faith and the power of

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