As a result of living in a concentration camp and the horrible experiences he lived through, it is evident that Wiesel begins to lose the faith that was once so important to him. Although Wiesel himself argues that he did not lose his faith, many would argue that the events that took place during the Holocaust caused Wiesel to resent God and lose his faith that was once so important to him. Growing up, Elie Wiesel’s faith
In the beginning of the novel, Wiesel featured as a dedicated young jewish boy—filled with a promising faith. He appeared in this specific sense because, he presented all his hopes and goals to God. “ By day I studied Talmud and by night I would run to the synagogue….” This shows us that, although Wiesel was kept busy with his other surroundings, he always tried to be involved in something religious. When asked why he prays to God by Moishe the Beadle, Wiesel was left in a somewhat unresponsive state. This example shows us a different view of his profound faith.
Later, he shows retaliation against God. He seems to find any possible way to fight against. “But further, there was no longer any reason why I should fast. I no longer accepted God’s silence. As I swallowed my bowl of soup, I saw in the gesture an act of rebellion and protest against Him,” (Wiesel, 76).
Young Elie Wiesel spent his time studying the Talmud and dreamt to one-day study the Cabala. Throughout the novel we learn about his experience as a young Jewish boy fighting between life and death everyday as a victim of the Holocaust. During his time in the concentration camp, where he is incarcerated with his father, he witnesses things that he had never experienced before, both emotionally and mentally. In this novel, Wiesel along with many other Jewish people lose their faith in God and Wiesel realizes that when people are faced with protecting their own mortality, they abandon their morals and values. Night shows us what the Holocaust did not only to the Jewish people, but also to humanity.
children thrown into flames. This shows us the horrific slaughter house of new-born babies or children being killed and witnessed by million other Jews and it is too horrible and not human like to be true. "never shall I forget" brings sadness, tragic emotions and change in faith. His faith was slaughtered before him with all the terror that was happening in the camps, even though he was still trying to survive he only did it for his dad he did not know what would happen to him or if he will survive the holocaust his faith was just
This goes with the central idea because it constantly places the concept of a religious journey. He constantly displays pictures of Graham as a priest, before he lost his faith. Alone with many other images such as, his wife’s unfinished dress, comparing to her unfinished life. Also, in one of the beginning scenes, as an empty place on the wall where a cross used to hang. Each image displaces why Graham lost his belief and over time the signs he sees causes him to slowly understand that everything happens for a reason.
As Wiesel put it. The boy seemed almost calm as the gallows threw a shadow over him. The Lagerkapo denied having the responsibility as executioner and three SS replaced him. “Long live liberty!”(Wiesel 61). cried the adults but the child stood there in
Daniel is a young Jewish man from Jerusalem who was taken into captivity in Babylon. In Babylon he serves different kings through their reigns while still remaining faithful to God. Daniel faithfully prays on his knees three times a day facing Jerusalem from his home, “Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before” (Daniel 6:10). Without prayer Daniel wouldn’t have been able to interpret dreams, visions, have survived the lion’s den, or been able to bring acknowledgment to God. Daniel’s prayers play an important role in the book of Daniel.
After all that the men, women, and children have gone through they never thought of revenge, and only thought of bread. When Eliezer final got the chance to look in the mirror for the first time he didn’t recognize his own self because he was so starved. “From the depths of the mirror, a corpse was contemplating me.The look in his eyes as he gazed at me has never left me.”(Wiesel,
Silence symbolizes dread, apathy, and incapability. Wiesel cannot understand how the world can remain silent as the Nazis committing atrocities on the Jews. It also symbolizes the silence of the subjugated and oppressed. Eliezer, for example, stands silent when his father is beaten, unable to help him. The whole town of Sighet remains silent to the pleas of Moshe the Beadle, who warns the town of what is coming.
He slowly began to lose faith and hope in god. He lost his innocence and began to feel hatred toward god for letting innocent people die. Elie changed and he became rebellious. He began to wish for things he regretted later and he lost all hope. He became an entirely different person.
When these people were being treated in such malicious ways, they started to believe that God wasn’t really there for them. They felt as if He wasn 't there to protect them. Sometimes, they started to rebel against their own religion and turn to their worst enemies for faith. Throughout Elie’s memoir, Night, Elie shows that many people, including himself, lost faith during their stay at the concentration camps. Many other victims of the concentration camps lived to see such tragedies that they began to lose hope in God, as well as he did.
To tell the truth, Elie’s beliefs before the Holocaust is very spiritual, godly and orthodox. He used to spend most of his time at the synagogue temple worshiping his God. Since he always cried while praying a man named Masha the Beadle asked him why he prayed and Elie’s thought it was a very strange question but he still answered him with a confused face on his look as if he had known idea what he was saying. Elie’s said why he lives and why does he breath he said again he doesn’t know.” I succeeded on my own finding a master for himself in the person of Mash the Beadle’’. This quote explains that Eile’s wanted a teacher to teach him the secrets of Kabbalah and the quote proves that his religion is very important to him and it shows that
“… that the world did know and remain silent.” (Wiesel’s Speech). The Holocaust is still a big event that is still known to this day, many people did know about the Holocaust was happening but chose to remain silent and see millions of people suffer, the world’s humanity needs a pause to rethink of their kindness. Like Wiesel and the most of the prisoners, they questioned the existence of God in their lives and on the world. “I was the accuser, God the accused. My eyes were open and I was alone – terribly alone in a world without God and without man.” (Wiesel 65).
The effects of the setting on Wiesel are reflected in the way he ends book, talking about how he is essentially dead now. The look in Wiesel’s eyes as he gazed at himself in the mirror never left him (Wiesel, __) because he was so malnutritioned that he literally looked like a corpse. When he saw himself, he was so surprised that that image has stuck with him. In fact, they were so starved that their “first act as free men was to throw [themselves] onto the provisions ... no thought of revenge, or of parents. Only of bread” (Wiesel, 115?).