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How Does Night Elie Wiesel Change

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Change. Change is an ordinary process in life that allows humans to evolve as individuals, societies, and as a species. Yet, not all changes are the same. Not all changes are equal. The effect of getting a new job is different than the effect of losing a job. These changes can make one lose himself, and when one doesn’t know who he is, those around him do not either. In Night, Elie Wiesel uses imagery and diction to illustrate the idea that going through a traumatic or emotional event can cause a person to lose himself, lose his beliefs, and change into an unrecognizable human. Wiesel uses imagery to explain why and how the characters changed dramatically. Upon coming back after being expelled because he was a foreign Jew, Moshe the Beadle…show more content…
Throughout the entire start to the story, he and his neighbors are hopeful and positive that nothing bad would happen to them. Though only being naive, they tried their best to hold onto this hope and faith, praying to God that they would get through it. Wiesel, a very passionate person when it comes to religion, loses all of his enthusiasm towards Judaism in one night, becoming a person who doubts God throughout the rest of the memoir. This idea is also addressed later in the novel, while they are observing Rosh Hashanah. During a camp wide service, most men are praying to God, praising him and all he does. Wiesel, however, does not share these thoughts. He begins to doubt God and question why anyone would worship him, “Blessed art Thou, Eternal, Master of the Universe, Who chose us from among the races to be tortured day and night, to see our fathers, our mothers, our brothers, end in the crematory? Praised by Thy Holy Name, Thou who hast chosen us to be butchered on thine altar?” (64). The words that Wiesel uses during this quotation gives off a very aggressive tone. Situations as dark and serious as the Holocaust cause major changes that cause a person to think extremely negative thoughts about something they once loved. At the beginning of the story, Elie wanted to dig deeper into the Jewish religion because he believed in it. Now, he is questioning the most basic principles of his religion, He feels anger toward God because he is making so many people suffer, and by using words such as “tortured” and “butchered”, he expresses this anger in a dynamic way. He feels rage toward the one thing he is supposed to love and support unconditionally, a feeling he would have never felt if it weren’t for this
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