Elie Wiesel Dialectical Journal Analysis

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Entry #1 “‘Foward! March.’ My father was crying. It was the first time I saw him cry. I had never thought it was possible” (Weisel 19).
In this quote Elie is thinking to himself. He thought this when he was outside with the others because all of the Jewish people were forced to leave their homes. Elie was thinking this because earlier in the book he said that his dad barely shows any emotion and that they are not that close to each other so it was weird to him. Elie’s dad is like my dad because the only time that I saw my dad cry was when his brother died, but that was the only time I saw him cry and up to this day I had never seen him cry. Another similarity that Elie’s dad and my dad share is they both barely show any emotion and sometimes no emotion, but unlike Elie’s dad, my dad only expresses emotion when he is mad or meets one of his friends. The similarities between Eli’s dad and my dad is that they both show emotion but the difference is it was for a different situation.
Entry #2 “Look! Look at this fire! This terrible fire! Have mercy on me”
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How can I believe, how can anyone believe in this God of Mercy” (Weisel 77). The person speaking in this quote is Eli and he is talking to himself after Akiba Drumer was chosen for selection and asked the men to recite Kaddish for him. This is when he was losing faith, I can make a personal connection to this quote. My personal connection is when I was in 7th grade.There was were a lot of problems going on at school and in my personal that I started to ask why me and I just felt like giving up completely, but I made through 7th grade. The theme of this quote is loss of faith, because Eli used to be very religious and he said that prayer was his life, but now all that faith is leaving him and he is questioning God ever since he has been in the concentration camps. This theme is important because faith is what keeps us going and losing faith isn’t a good thing especially in the situation Eli is
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