Throughout life, one learns through experiences to cherish even the simplest of comforts. Through pain and unimaginable suffering, it is impossible for one to not lose faith or hope in life. Throughout the book Night, Elie Wiesel’s experiences from before he even enters the camps, to the end where he is free. Explains the mind of one who has endured great suffering and lost, causing them to finally break after continuous torture. Leading to loss of faith in religion, life, and even humanity.
Within all of Elie Wiesel’s short novel, “Night”, numerous amounts of symbols represent the hopelessness of the Jews that readers witness as they understand the true pain and suffering experienced during the Holocaust. Faith plays a role in everyone’s life, whether that be one who is highly into their beliefs or not; Elie Wiesel is no exception. Faith is a symbol of strength and perseverance, but throughout Elie’s interminable labors within the camps, he put his faith into question. In Elie’s mind, he was becoming emotionally devastated and in turn giving up hope in his Lord. Within the words of Wiesel’s short novel, “Night”, Wiesel said, “.
This is where—hanging here from this gallows..."(Night, Elie Wiesel) By including this memoir in his biography it serves a purpose as his memory and what went on in the concentration camps. This memoir gives readers a clue and deeper meaning of what Wiesel went through how it has changed him
In Night, Eliezer "Elie" Wiesel's shares his experience as a 15 year old boy. It is a memoir of extraordinary power: his humanity shines through every page as he stands a witness to the tragedy which befell the Jewish race at the hands of the Nazis. He calls himself a "messenger of the dead among the living" through his literary witness. The concentration camp there shocks everyone with its cruelty and coldness to life. In Auschwitz where thousands of Jews were slaughtered daily is the witness to the emptiness that remains when man abandons all morality.
When Elie was young, faith was a significant part of his life. Then, based on many occurrences that took place at Auschwitz, such as the killings and treatment of innocent Jews, his faith in God was slowly fading away. At the concentration camp, Elie notices huge flames rising from a ditch. Children and babies are unloaded from trucks and thrown into the flames. At that moment, “[Elie] felt anger rising within [him].
“Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, that turned my life into one long night seven times sealed.” (Wiesel, 34) This was the turning point for Eliezer in many ways. The warm blanket of delusion that had once been wrapped securely around Eliezer had long been discarded. Faith and hope were also gone for the moment. “And from within me, I heard a voice answer: "Where He is? This is where—hanging here from this gallows…” (Wiesel, 65) Eliezer’s struggle for identity is shown again in the above quote.
In the memoir Night, the narrator Elie Wiesel recounts a moment when Moishe the Beadle told the Jew community about the cruelty of the SS,” Infants were tossed into the air and used as targets for the machine guns” (weisel 7). This is inhumanity because the Nazis are killing little, innocent, defenceless babies. As the author describes his experiences, many other examples of inhumanity are revealed. Two significant themes related to inhumanity in the book Night by Elie Weisel are loss of faith and disbelief. One theme is that inhumanity can cause loss of faith.
This is demonstrated many times within the novel Night. In the beginning, Elie was very accepting of the Jewish religion, and wanted to learn as much as he could. He was excited to learn and prayed every day. He came under the wing of a beadle called Moshe, and learned as much as he could from him.Unfortunately, this was not meant to last, as Moshe gets deported and comes back
In the beginning of the novel, Wiesel featured as a dedicated young jewish boy—filled with a promising faith. He appeared in this specific sense because, he presented all his hopes and goals to God. “ By day I studied Talmud and by night I would run to the synagogue….” This shows us that, although Wiesel was kept busy with his other surroundings, he always tried to be involved in something religious. When asked why he prays to God by Moishe the Beadle, Wiesel was left in a somewhat unresponsive state. This example shows us a different view of his profound faith.