How Does Elie Wiesel Change In Night

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Imagine living in a world where people are judged, discriminated against, harmed, and even killed simply just because they are different. Imagine how those people feel when they have to carry the burden of the trauma afterwards. In history, discrimination has been apparent for many different groups of people, such as people of color receiving worse treatment in society because of their skin. This discrimination resulting in trauma was also a reality for the millions of Jewish people who were held in concentration camps, killed, and the many Jews who had to witness the killings because of the God that they devoted their lives to. In the novel Night by Elie Wiesel, the reader is informed about the horrible treatment of the Jews and the bad conditions …show more content…

For example, Elie was extremely faithful and showed great interest in learning more about his religion, so much so that he decided to find his own master to teach him Kabbalah. At first, Elie insisted to his father to find him a master to guide him in his studies of the Kabbalah, but his father believed he was too young. Not satisfied with this, Elie found his own master, Moishe the Beadle, and they would study together almost every evening at the synagogue, speaking about the Kabbalah’s revelations and reading the same page of the Zohar over and over. This shows that despite his father's disapproval, Elie was determined to explore and practice his religion whether or not he had to find help himself. Elie going out of his way to find a master and then regularly practicing with him shows his true interest and love for his faith. However, after experiencing the trauma of the concentration camp, Elie began to lose his faith. In this scene, Elie is at the concentration camp when he hears Yom Kippur, a Jewish holiday, being discussed by fellow inmates at the camp. Although they typically fast on this holiday, Elie reveals to the reader that he refuses to fast in order to “protest” God for what he has allowed to happen at the camps. When Elie explains the reasons as to why he refuses to fast on Yom Kippur, he says, “...there was no longer any reason for me …show more content…

For example, once Elie and his father were separated from his mother and sisters, Elie was determined to stay with his father as he was the only person in his family Elie had left. When Elie’s group of people arrived at Birkenau, they were told to line up and wait to be assessed by Dr. Mengele. After Elie is interviewed and sent to the left, he waits for his father to see where he would be sent, saying that if his father was sent to the right, he would run after him. This shows that Elie was determined to stay close with his father since everything he had ever known was already taken away from him. Elie having to leave his house, belongings, and half of his family behind left him scared and emotionally vulnerable, unaware of what was soon to come at the camps, so remaining with his father was the only thing he had left to keep him optimistic. Furthermore, Elie’s relationship with his father worsened as they spent more time at the concentration camp. In this scene, Elie’s father is extremely sick after having been in the concentration camp for a long time. After his father is gone in the morning and assumed to have been sent to the furnace because of his poor condition, Elie expresses to the reader how he did not necessarily feel sad after his father got sick and died. While explaining his emotions surrounding his fathers death,

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