Elie Wiesel Essay Questions For Night

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1. Before we even open a book, our minds begin to engage and to make assumptions. As you look at the cover of the book Night, what images and emotions does the title evoke? What impression does the design on the cover make on you? What prior knowledge do you have about Night or its author Elie Wiesel? The cover and title of the book evoke dark and fearful emotions and images that make me curious, yet nervous to open the book. The design on the cover looks mysterious and the figure on it is imposing, which induces unnerving feelings. The title is simple, yet illustrates darkness and uncertainty. I know all about Night by Elie Wiesel because I was required to read it when I was in eighth grade, and I remember it as a haunting, emotional story that told about Wiesel’s experiences…show more content…
When everyone in camp was crying and asking where God was as they all watched the boy struggle to cling on to life, Elie had thought to himself that God was there “hanging…from [the] gallows”, symbolizing his loss of faith in God. From then on, as Rosh Hashanah passed, Elie felt intense hatred for God as He did nothing to help the thousands of people suffering and being murdered. Elie refused to sanctify God’s name because of the immense pain He was causing, and felt angry that others in the camp continued to worship Him. Elie felt “terribly alone in a world without God, without man” and “without love or mercy”. 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
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