Elie Wiesel was a 15 year old Jewish boy when his entire family was moved to a concentration camp. At the camp, Elie goes through many mortifying and earth shattering trials that test him. One of his trials was his relationship with God. At first, Elie had great faith in God, but later on he starts to doubt God's power, and near the end of the memoir he no longer believes God had any power to help. Originally, Elie had unquestionable faith in God.
Over the course of the book, Eli changes from a believer in God living in bearable conditions to someone who has become profane because of the situation he’s been put in. This is important to the book as a whole because it connects to the theme of optimism. The change is apparent when life isn’t going in Eli’s favor, and the life of his father is taken away from him. Deep inside he feels a sign of relief but guilt at the same time. Eli spends a lot of time praying showing that he is religious.
He was placed in Birkenau, near Auschwitz, a concentration camp at the time of the Holocaust. While in the camp, Elie sees and hears many things about why they are doing these things ot the jews. At the beginning of the novel Elie is very religious, and throughout the story that changes very quickly. He watches several people die, including his father, which also is in impact on his faith to god. Elie loses his faith in god, his family, and humanity through all of the experiences he had to go through while being in the Nazi concentration
“So I decided that maybe to save further trouble, I’d better lie too, and say that Jesus had come, and get up and be saved. So I got up.” (Hughes, 300). The only reason he had gotten up because he had waited and waited to see Jesus and the other little boy had also lied about seeing Jesus. Hughes was the last person in the church that was
Although, he finishes the quote stating he will never forget the things he witnessed as long as God lives himself. Which, symbolizes the fact that he can never abandon his faith completely, even if he struggles to understand God at this time. Therefore, this passage holds such value in the memoir as it is the first time Eliezer openly struggles with his faith and devotion in God through the use of literary
But in the book Night Elie had went through the stage of depression mostly when his father died. After his father died in Buchenwald he still stayed there for a couple more months Elie was in a rough patch where nothing mattered anymore. “I shall not describe my life during that period. It no longer mattered. Since my father’s death, nothing mattered to me anymore.” (Wiesel 113) Elie said this after his father died he couldn’t describe his life because it didn’t matter enough for him to describe.
He was a well known person in Elie’s community who had almost been captured by the Nazi’s, but luckily escaped. Moshe’s love for God changes and “[he] struggles desperately to believe that God is perpetually at work, even during the massacre of which he was nearly a victim” (Nurick, “Identity” paragraph 1). Moshe was once a man with a strong faith in God, but after seeing many awful things happen such as, people being killed and tortured and babies getting thrown in the air to be used as targets, he struggles to believe in God. He often pondered whether God was real, and if he was, why would he let such awful things happen to innocent people? It didn’t make sense.
After a long journey, they finally arrived at another camp, and Elie’s father becomes ill with dysentery. Soon after, his father was beaten and put to death, but Elie had no emotions. Three months later, the camp was liberated, and Eliezer was freed. Because of Wiesel’s loss of innocence and restoration of hope, Wiesel’s book Night reveals the resiliency of human beings. Eliezer was only a teenager when taken by German soldiers.
In addition, Elie uses the imagery of a child being hung with two older men to create sadness. They hang an innocent child and he is too light to be killed immediately so he is tortured in front of everyone for over 30 minutes, slowly dying from the rope around his neck. “For more than half an hour he stayed there, struggling between life and death, dying in slow agony under our eyes. And we had to look him full in the face. He was still alive when I passed in front of him.
The first night alone is enough to traumatize and scar Elie forever, which is exactly what he’s saying here. I’ll be honest: this is the first book that has made me cry in a while. I cried when the child was hanged, I cried when I found out that Elie would have been saved by the Soviet Army if he stayed in the infirmary, and I cried when Elie’s dad died. Looking back on this passage, I feel like crying once again. Elie was my age when he was forced into Birkenau, and I can’t even begin to imagine experiencing these barbarities now.