Many books have the same themes and even some books have the same setting, ideas, or characters. In The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and Night by Elie Wiesel, both Liesel from The Book Thief and Elie for Night both share a common theme: suffering. Both Liesel and Elie suffer from the loss of their family. It is very hard on them since they have almost no one to depend on; they are by themselves essentially. Suffering is a major problem that both Liesel and Elie have to endure with in order to survive.
Elie Wiesel expresses his feelings about the existence of God in page 175 of his novel Night, he states: “Some of the men spoke of God: His mysterious ways, the sins of the Jewish people, and the redemption to come. As for me, I had ceased to pray. I concurred with Job! I was not denying His existence, but I doubted His absolute justice.” Although I have had some rough times and have felt hopeless just like this author, I have never lost faith or stopped believing in God. For Elie, having faith was one of the only things that kept him going and motivated him to stay strong and make it through all the horrible experiences he had in the concentration
However, in the beginning of the memoir, Night, author Elie Wiesel already has a clear sense of who he is, and is mostly content with his identity. He finds his identity mostly in his religion and family. In fact, in the beginning of the book, the author describes himself as “believing profoundly”(Wiesel), which is synonymous with being a devout Jew. Ths can be interpreted into
Thus, most of the prisoners at the back of the pack face the risk of being shot. Family members kept close, but in the case of Rabbi Eliahu, his son went ahead of him deliberately after his father stumbled. The son thought his father was slowing him down and putting him at risk. As Wiesel had witnessed the acts of Rabbi Eliahu’s son unfold, it gave him a disturbing thought… “What if he had wanted to be rid of his father? He had felt his father growing weaker and, believing that the end was near, had thought by this separation to free himself of a burden that could
Elie Wiesel’s Use of Imagery in “Night” “Never shall I forget those first few moments that murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to ashes”("Night Quotes."). During Elie Wiesel’s period of being in the Nazi’s hands, he could remember every detail of the disgusting few years. He used his memory and experiences from the concentration camps to create imagery. Through Elie Wiesel’s use of imagery in “Night”, he created desperate, scared, and disgusted tones. Elie was born in 1928, in Sighet, Transylvania.
His parents, Shlomo and Sarah, owned a grocery store in the village where they lived. He had three sisters, Hilda, Bea, and Tsiporah. When he was three years old, Wiesel began attending a Jewish school
“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.
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.
a. How does Elie Wiesel reveal character in Night? Throughout Night characters are revealed directly. Elie’s observations, descriptions, and narrations show us character development. Methods utilized frequently are interactions between people, family bonds, descent into death, desperation for survival, indifference to the well-being of others, as well as generosity and selflessness to their fellow man.