How Does Elie Wiesel Lose Faith

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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. The goal of Hitler and his Nazi regime were to make the German race, the…show more content…
After being in the concentration camp for a few days, after being stripped of all clothing, almost all other belongings, and beaten, Wiesel thanked god for having created mud, which made his shoes look old and dirty, so they were not taken away from him (Heffner). This shows that he had not completely lost faith. One evening he lay and realized, “some of the men spoke of God: His mysterious ways, the sins of the Jewish people, and the redemption to come. As for me, I had ceased to pray. I concurred with Job! I was not denying His existence, but I doubted His absolute justice” (Wiesel 45). While Elie Wiesel had moments of lost faith, some others wholeheartedly, regardless of what they were going through, believed that God did what he did out of love. Akiba Drumer said: "God is testing us. He wants to see whether we are capable of overcoming our base instincts, of killing the Satan within ourselves. We have no right to despair. And if He punishes us mercilessly, it is a sign that He loves us that much more… (Wiesel
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