Loss Of Faith In Night Analysis

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The Use of the Theme “Loss of Faith” in Night
The memoir Night, by Elie Wiesel provides insight into the terrors of the Holocaust, a genocide of the Jewish race and has received multiple praises and acclaims. One of the most important aspects of Night that differentiates it from other World War II novels, causing it to receive these praises, is its ability to pull readers in, making them empathize with the characters in the book. Wiesel incorporates the theme of loss of faith in God in order to create this effect, allowing readers to empathize with the traumatic experiences of Holocaust survivors. One example of Wiesel’s use of theme to achieve such an effect is the apparent change in Wiesel’s faith throughout the memoir. Night has been written in such a way that draws attention to the change in Wiesel’s faith over time, causing readers to empathize with the characters. In the beginning, before Wiesel had seen the terrors of the Holocaust, Wiesel depicts himself as a Jewish boy fascinated with the mysteries of the Kabbalah, asking his father to find him a teacher in that subject. However, after Wiesel has experienced the Holocaust he goes as far as to state "Where He is? This is where he is, hanging here from this gallows" (Wiesel 65) where Wiesel essentially claims that God is dead. The contrast between the faiths of the two Wiesel’s is clearly shown, as well as the reason behind this change: the horrors of the Holocaust.
By making his loss of faith very clear, Wiesel as

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