Eliezer begins to lose faith in god. He starts to struggle a lot, physically and mentally, and he feels like god is punishing him. Elie tried very hard to help his father and also himself and he even asked god to take him out of his misery. He becomes very confused because he doesn’t understand why god would let such a thing happen and why the Germans are wanting to kill all of the jews. Him being “punished” like this by god is what pushes him to keep going and try to live because he wants to prove to god that there wasn’t a reason to give up on him.
Night first documents loss of faith due to tragic experiences when Elie thinks, “For the first time, I felt anger rising within me. Why should I sanctify his name? the almighty, the eternal and terrible Master of the Universe, chose to be silent.
Moshe had always preached about God, but after witnessing so much, “he ceases to talk of either Cabbala or God… Instead, he speaks almost exclusively of his tragic experiences” (Nurick, “Identity” paragraph 1). Moshe used to talk about God all the time, but now the only thing he could focus on was his traumatizing experience. Going through such extreme trauma can cause people’s attitudes to drastically change. Moshe changed greatly, “[he] was not the same. The joy in his eyes was gone.
They knew that they no longer had control over their lives. Living in a place like that changed people drastically. In Night, Elie Wiesel uses characterization, imagery, and symbolism to show how awful his time in the concentration camps was and how it contributed to his loss of faith. Wiesel uses characterization of himself when he was a young boy and when he was a teenager in the concentration camps by explaining how much he loved his religion and how much more he wanted to learn about it and then by explaining how it regressed the longer he was in the concentration camps. When Elie Wiesel was 13 he believed in God more than anything else.
With his dignity deprived, he no longer had the will to live. One dark, formidable night he muttered “Never shall I forget the nocturnal silence that deprived me for all eternity of the desire to live.” (Eliezer Wiesel, 34) During that time while he struggled, his voice vanished and he eventually became dehumanized. As Ellen S. Fine remarked in her essay; The Theme of Night “Darkness enveloped him and penetrated within; his spirit is shrouded, his God eclipsed, the blackness eternal.”
Paul and his friends were eaten out, mentally, by the war and remained casings of their old lives. Further exemplifying their inability to reconnect to their past lives and in turn the normal world. Remarque creates Paul Baumer to represent a generation of men who are know to the outside
Elie wanted to know more about God and the Kabbalah, wanting to find someone to teach him all about it. “One day I asked my father to find me a master who could guide me in my studies of Kabbalah.” (Wiesel 4). This quote shows that Elie wanted to learn more about God. He ends up learning from Moishe the Beadle, one of the poorest in the town of Sighet, Transylvania.
Craig feels as though he is unable to use his drawing ability to express in his own way how he feels towards God. "I'd realized I'd only been Half-committed to my faith, and something had been distracting me from my bible studies" (56). He feels that he is drifting farther away from God by drawing. Craig is spending less time on God, and more time on drawing, which he perceives as sinful. Drawing also represents his free will.
Food, especially during the death march, “became more important than freedom or even faith” (McCarthy). Even after reaching Buchenwald, his last destination before being liberated, Wiesel does not attempt to restore his lost faith. His father, weak with dysentery, is one day thrown into the crematorium while Wiesel was asleep. Wiesel awakes emotionless to this realization and has completely transformed into a dejected person who no longer knows what to believe
At the end of the novel, Elie no longer thinks about God, or hopes for His mercy. His faith has completely left him, and the horrors of the concentration camp forever destroyed his aspirations of being a holy
On page 67 he asks, “Blessed be God’s name? But why would I bless Him?” This quote is coming from the same person, who when asked why he prays, he replied with why do we breathe. Eliza was once a strong follower in Judaism, and although he questioned God, and the religion itself, his faith in God never truly went away. Once he was put in the traumatic situation of the Holocaust, his relationship with God was challenged, and
It just so happens that Elie Wiesel was one of the strongest survivors. So, what was Wiesel trying to prove? Well, he insisted on sharing what he went through and explained the vast loss of faith he suffered from due to the concentration camps. In Night, Elie Wiesel uses characterization, imagery, and tone to show the emotion and detail of his experience in such a tragic event. Elie Wiesel asserts characterization in the book Night by really giving details about each individual that was urgent at this time.
So enjoy the time you have with people. Such a short quote, but so much meaning. “sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all of the lives I’m not living.” (pg. 113) Thomas is depressed.
The conditions he was put through made him live and feel less like a human being, thus his will to survive began to shrivel away. Another author with similar experiences, Viktor Frankl, wrote about how “the human being is completely and unavoidably influenced by his surroundings…. The way in which a man accepts his fate and all the suffering it entails gives him an opportunity to give a deeper meaning to his life” (Frankl 1). Ellie had accepted his fate to be doomed, no longer finding any meaning to his life therefore crushing his remaining faith. In addition, Ellie had lived a very religious life before the Holocaust, praying at the synagogue every day and wanting to learn the Kabbalah.