The story begins with a boy whose faith is unshakable and a father whose emotions are untouchable, but by the end, we see both of those fade away. Wiesel reveals the truth that when surrounded by many horrific events, it can lead to one 's loss of religious faith. This is exemplified in Elie’s lack of following religious traditions, many questioning God’s existence, and people believing that they no longer need God to help them survive these brutal conditions.
He feels that God is lesser than man, that Man is stronger because they still worship God after all they have been through. He felt that he “was the accuser, God the accused.” This is the final stretch, and Elie no longer believes in God or religion. Elie experiences an extreme shift in religious perspective throughout the book Night. It starts with him being a divine follower of Judaism, but as time goes on he eventually rejects God altogether. He feels God has abandoned him, and he therefore abandons God.
This shows that Elie is drawing farther apart from his father and starts to only care about himself. Another instance where Elie loses his mind to not care anymore is at Buchenwald. Close to the end of the book Elie finds out that his father was killed or more like taken to the furnace, and Elie didn’t feel anything from the news. All he felt was relief; Relief that he won 't have to care for his father anymore.This shows that he doesn’t care anymore and all he cares about is surviving and food. All that Elie has been through at those concentration camps changed how he thinks and what he follows in heart.
Wiesel states, “Since [his] father’s death, nothing mattered to [him] anymore” (Wiesel 113). Wiesel had already lost his mother and sisters but now his father leaving him with nothing left to care for. He had lost his only motivation for survival. Wiesel is left without religious faith and an irreplaceable family. Throughout
In Elie’s eyes, God was dead, and consequently, faith granted no comfort anymore. Elie Wiesel had once sought comfort in his faith; however, he had struggled to maintain hope since. Another example of his struggle is when Elie had tried to pray to God even though he no longer believed in Him. After witnessing a child betray his own father, “a prayer formed inside [him]. A prayer to the God whom [he] no longer believed.” (91) Here, the motif of “eyes” is important because it shows how even though Elie had lost all faith in God, he still found himself asking for support from Him.
Wiesel lost faith in God when the German arrived. In his memoir, he began by describing his fear in God. But his lack of faith appearers when they informed them to move. Weisel addresses this by saying, “why do you weep when you pray?... The question had never entered my head.
Akiba was a man in the camp with Elie and his father. Akiba started to lose his faith, believing that God was no longer with them. He was so pessimistic that he knew he would not pass the selection so he said, “In three days, I’ll be gone… Say Kaddish for me.” (77) (Kaddish is the prayer to mourn) Since Akiba could not find his own purpose, he gave up, which ultimately led to his death. Keeping your faith in the camps allowed many of the Jews to keep going. Even though Elie might have lost his faith, he did not lose his will to find his purpose, and his will to live.
Unlike Morrie, who knows he is going to die, Elie Wiesel has to live in a constant state of anxiety, worry, and fear because he doesn’t know if he will survive and realizes that his life can end in the blink of an eye. Unlike like Morrie, who finds solace in a hodgepodge of religions, Elie, who was a very religious boy before the camp, turns his back on his religion when he is faced with adversity, cruelty, and suffering. He says that the camp opened his eyes to the fact the he is “alone, terribly alone in a world without God” (Wiesel 68). He feels almost as if all hope is lost. Given the situation, Elie’s outlook on life is not nearly as positive as Morrie’s.
Okonkwo’s stubborn ideas of masculinity ruined his relationship with his son beyond repair. Okonkwo’s refusal to show emotion towards his family pushed them apart which shows that Okonkwo is not willing to give up his stern values and reputation to be emotionally committed to his family. Once again, Nwoye found peace away from his father when the Christian missionaries came to Mbanta, the motherland where Okonkwo and his family were exiled to. Nwoye converted to Christianity and escaped the force of his father in their household. Okonkwo, of course, didn’t support his son’s decision and was completely against Nwoye leaving behind the tradition the Okonkwo followed so deeply.
This book also goes a lot deeper than just the story of the Holocaust. It explains what goes through Eliezer’s mind when he thinks about the faith he has in god. Lastly, this book shows that the loss of hope was the death of many. Hope and faith gave the prisoners a reason to keep living, giving them the idea that they have a chance to make it out. This is an example of hope being brought to the prisoners in the concentration camps: “During these last few nights, we had heard the guns in the distance” (44).
Eisner in A Contract with God continues his work of timeless messages by telling the story of a man struggling with his faith. A Contract with God is a short story follows Frimme Hersh, a man who made a contract with god, and lost his faith due to the death of his daughter. The death of his daughter led Hersh to mourn for many days wondering how God could do this to him as he has always abided by the contract they made. However Hersh finally had enough and said “If God requires that men honor their agreements…then is not God, also, so obligated? ?” Soon after, Hersh through his contract into an alley.
Many may say it was the loss of God. but I believe it was the loss of hope all together. For Eliezer and his father, God was all they had ever known, not once did the thought occur that he could ever do something this horrible, or that he didn’t exist all together. While watching the
They were not one last chance to say “good-bye” or “I love you”. This makes me think about how the soldier never had a chance to say “good-bye” or “ I love you” one last time either. They died knowing that it was for the country. They died knowing that it was for their families benefit, but was that enough. Did they regret their decision to fight because they wouldn’t get a final good-bye.