Free Night Essays: Elie's Loss Of Faith

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Elie’s Loss of Faith

Within this barbarous world, there are innumerable accounts of devastating events that have occurred in the past, and continue to occur; these occurrences periodically cause us to question the existence of God. Overall, this statement proves to be correct to ill-fated Eliezer Wiesel. This brave child was exceedingly religious, as well as he had a strong hunger to be closer with God. Previous to being transferred to Auschwitz, he believed that as long as his family stuck together, everything would work out to be well. Throughout all his time in the concentration camp, he started to lose his faith after discovering the horrid ways of the camp. In the novel Night by Elie Wiesel, Elie is devoted to his faith, he starts to question God’s existence after witnessing the cruelty at Auschwitz.

At the commencement of the novel, Elie seems to be an exceedingly religious and content
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In such a cruel place such as the one they were in, it is deemed to be impossible. Even though Elie’s connection to God was strong, it was still broken. So many traumatic events happened at the camp, it is almost impossible to keep track of them all. Being forced to witness all these horrible things everyday, with no sign of God made Elie question if there even is one. If there was a God he’d be trying to help the innocent Jews escape or at least something, and if he was not then should he even be regarded as one, was Elie’s view on the whole situation. As time carried on, Eliezer’s faith and connection to God died. It was too much for him to believe that his once-beloved God had abandoned them. “Blessed be God’s name? Why, but why would I bless him? ... Because he caused thousands of children to burn in his mass graves? … Praised be thy holy name, for having chosen us to be slaughtered on the thine altar?” (Wiesel 67), This quote expresses Elie’s hatred for God’s lack of action on the whole
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