After seeing how God had not helped the Jews at concentration camps, Elie started to lose his faith in God. He lost faith in God’s justice. He couldn’t understand why God would let such horrible things happen to innocent people. Eventually, Elie had decided, “not to fast” (23). He did this for many reasons.
One of these literary devices is symbolism which help show the declining of his faith. He described his loss of faith by stating that, “behind me, I hear the same man asking: For God’s sake, where is God? And from within me, I hear a voice answer: Where he is? This is where hanging here from this gallows (pg 65)’’. Wiesel lost his faith when he saw the SS police hang the innocent children like animals making them suffer for a couple of minutes and making the Jewish people watch them suffer to death from pain and anguish.
When the power station explodes, it is suspected that sabotage had occurred, and the leader and pipel are killed. When someone asked where God is in all this, Elie replied that “Here He is - hanging here from these gallows.” This marks a turning point, where Elie no longer believes in his religion or in God. The last and final time this occurs is when Elie attended the Rosh Hashanah, as the other Jews are praying.
The Almighty, the eternal and terrible Master of the Universe, choose to be silent. What was there to thank him for” (Weisel 33)? His trust in God had vanished, more so he did not think there was anything to thank him for. Another motif significant in Night is Identity. In this period of time,
On July 8, 1741 Jonathan Edwards delivered the sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” During this time many people were moving away from their Puritan beliefs and did not make God a priority. In the message he talked about how everyone was a sinner and how everyone belongs in hell. He also talked about how if God wanted to He would throw everyone in Hell, but since He gave us His Son we should take Him and repent. While delivering this message many people began to repent and ask for forgiveness.
Elie was the same way, but by the end of his experiences in the concentration camps he had come to resent God and the fact that God would let something so terrible to happen to him, his family, and the others around him. After reading what happened to him, I believe that I too would have disowned God and my beliefs. How could such a loving and caring God let something the horrible happen to his chosen people. Personally, I believe that everyone is born with morals programed into their very being not to mutilate and destroy God’s greatest creation, so reading about all that happened in the concentration camps shocked me.
It is evident that Wiesel had a heavily religious upbringing, yet even he managed to lose a lot of his faith in God. He “refuses to sanctify his name” and this, in a way, reflects how bystanders might feel in the event of not only injustice but of idleness. Images and footage in Night and Fog emphasize this, as the film portrays what Wiesel might’ve seen. Night and Fog presents evidence of humans being loaded on trains like livestock, bodies thrown in piles as if they had
Edwards saw God’s power as something the world would not be capable of handling. Edwards used God’s power as a threat of destruction. Jonathan Edwards concluded his sermon by revealing his attitude of a merciful God through an allusion. “The wrath of Almighty God is now undoubtedly hanging over a great part of this congregation; let everyone fly out of Sodom. Haste and escape for your lives...escape to the
When everyone in camp was crying and asking where God was as they all watched the boy struggle to cling on to life, Elie had thought to himself that God was there “hanging…from [the] gallows”, symbolizing his loss of faith in God. From then on, as Rosh Hashanah passed, Elie felt intense hatred for God as He did nothing to help the thousands of people suffering and being murdered. Elie refused to sanctify God’s name because of the immense pain He was causing, and felt angry that others in the camp continued to worship Him. Elie felt “terribly alone in a world without God, without man” and “without love or mercy”. As everyone prayed, Elie felt like “an observer [and] a stranger” because he had disconnected from God, and as he defiantly continued to eat instead of fasting for Yom Kippur, Elie “felt a great void opening” inside him as his last bit of trust in God faded.
His father whispers, “May his name be celebrated and sanctified.” Elie then thinks, “For the first time I felt anger rising within me. Why should I sanctify his name? The Almighty, the eternal and terrible master of the universe, chose to be silent. What was there to thank him for” (Wiesel 33)?
Jurassic Park and Night: two completely different mediums with the same underlying theme. Night, written by Elie Wiesel, is an autobiographical novel that goes into depth about the horrors of the Auschwitz and Buchenwalk concentration camps. The characters in the novel go through horrific events and lose their religious faith. Jurassic Park is a movie, directed by Steven Spielberg, about archaeologists and scientists that are asked to visit Jurassic Park, where scientists brought back dinosaurs from extinction with scientific methods. In the movie, the main character loses his faith about the miracle of bringing dinosaurs back.
Before Wiesel comes face to face with the ordeals of the Holocaust, he is highly devoted to his religion and has an intimate relationship with god. Wiesel was asked what his reason for praying was and he felt as if the question was eccentric because “Why did [he] pray? Strange question. Why did [he] live? Why did [he] breathe?”
Night is a mournful, bitter, heartbreaking memoir of Elie Wiesel during the Holocaust. Holocaust was the attempted execution of the Jewish race under the leadership of Adolf Hitler during the second world war. Hitler blamed the Jews for the cause of the Great Depression in Germany and so he promised to annihilate the Jewish race by leading the Nazi soldiers. Jews all around Europe were gathered in concentration camps and were starved to death, burned and overworked. Many Jewish children were left orphans and killed.