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Elie Wiesel's Journey

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Elie Wiesel was a young boy when he did survived the holocaust.. In his memoir Night, we follow his journey as a Jewish boy in a time where expressing your religion could mean life or death. Between living under the watch of Nazi regimes, trying to keep his father alive, and surviving the inhumanity of others, Elie’s had fought and lived through the genocide unlike any other. However, surviving the holocaust does not come without a price. Wiesel lived at the sacrifice of his faith and identity, which were left in fragments after the existence of evil that left a permanent scar on his life. At the start of life, a person will be given an identity that they will be able to shape and mold through experiences and beliefs. Every person has a…show more content…
Never again, they said, they were free from the Nazi regime and would never have to live in a concentration camp again. However, what they didn’t consider was living the events again through the mind. Though they believe never would humanity hit such a low anytime in the distant future, they didn’t account for all the people who would have to revisit the tragedies that happen in front of their eyes. Memories of the fallen and the wickedness that occurred over the years were ingrained in their mind. Elie was one of the millions of people who had to go through that and deal with the post-traumatic stress. By the end of his story, his diction and tone expressed true emptiness and sorrow. This is displayed by Wiesel saying “I wanted to see myself hanging on the opposite wall. I had not seen myself in the ghetto. From the depths of the mirror, a corpse gazed back at me. The look in his eyes, as they stared into mine, has never left me.” (Wiesel 77) This quote ties things all together for the reader, as it shows how the holocaust has left Elie a shell of his past identity, fragmented and broken. Unable to pick the pieces of himself back up, he must continue to be haunted by his past, never being able to live a happy faithful life with his family like he was
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