Elie Wiesel Faith In Night

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Having faith in a higher archy is a prelevant theme in the memoir Night by Elie Wiesel. Set during the Holocaust, a time of extermination of the Jews, Wiesel’s faith in his god wavers as he describes the situations he endures. One will notice as Wiesel’s faith decreases his identity goes downhill. Although, changing views in religion can affect more than just one’s identity, Wiesel explains his faith in god has a huge impact on his personality to prove one’s religious aspects can affect the way they choose to live their life. In the beginning of the novel, Wiesel was really strong in his faith towards god; this creates a positive…show more content…
This is proven when he has a thought that he will lose his dad and when his dad dies. This created a negative impact towards Wiesel’s identity. First, Wiesel says, “And in spite of myself, a prayer formed inside me, a prayer to this god in whom I no longer believed” (Wiesel, 91). The second sign of evidence Wiesel lost his faith in god is when he said, “No prayers were said over his tomb” (Wiesel, 112). Evidence of identity change is, “I shall not describe my life during that period. It no longer mattered. Since my father’s death, nothing mattered to me anymore.” These quotes explain how he lost faith in god. The first quote describes a situation where he was afraid of losing his father. He admits to praying to a god he no longer believed in. the second quote explains after Wiesel’s father’s death no prayers were said over his tomb. This means Wiesel didn’t pray because he loved his father so much and did everything he could for him, even when he had the thought of losing his father, he prayed. This is a huge sign he lost all faith in god. At the end of Wiesel’s memoir he had given up on god because nothing in his life at that time was good, which changed his
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