During the time Elie was there with his father, he began to lose his faith in god, his family, and humanity through all of the experiences he had to go through while being in the Nazi concentration camp. 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.
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.
It didn’t make sense. 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.
Anyone who ever lived in a concentration camp knew that they could have died any day. 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.
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.” In the midst of all his agony, Eliezer’s faith and communication with God no longer ceased to exist. Consequently, he no longer fasted on Yom Kipper, in stating, “I no longer accepted Gods silence.” (Eliezer Wiesel, 69) A man who was once willing to dedicate his life to God no longer had faith. As the question remained how can God allow such horror and cruelty to occur?
Paul and his comrades had no idea what the war would do to them and sadly learned that the war was more a misfortune than an honor. 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
The Jews started out being completely devoted to God. 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.
That night he decided to burn all the drawings he had, "I wanted to burn everything I'd ever drawn" (Thompson 57). 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.
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
In Night, Jews being held in concentration camps were constantly catching diseases. Morrie’s father had caught a horrible disease and died from it. Because of all of these diseases, it was almost impossible for Jews to keep any of their
As everyone prayed, Elie felt like “an observer [and] a stranger” because he had disconnected from God, and as he defiantly continued to eat instead of fasting for Yom Kippur, Elie “felt a great void opening” inside him as his last bit of trust in God faded. 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
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
Six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust. 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.
“sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all of the lives I’m not living.” (pg. 113) Thomas is depressed. He lost his loved ones in a bombing, and he’s the only one that survived. It causes him a lot of pain and suffering. “It’s a rule that we never listen to sad music, we made that rule early on, songs are as sad as the listener, we hardly ever listen to music.”
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.