Belief and Faith is a “double-edged sword” to the jews, it cuts both ways. It keeps them alive, and at the same time makes them oblivious, and leads to their suffering. Over time, Elie’s belief in god, diminishes and eventually he questions God’s existence extensively and at point, Elie is infuriated that even though they are being tormented and enslaved, the Jews will still pray to god, and thank him, “If god did exist, why would he let u go through all the pain and suffering (33). This is a major point in the ongoing theme of faith and belief, because for once he is infuriated with the thought of religion in a time of suffering. Throughout the book, with the nazis ultimate goal is to break the jews and make dehumanize them and if anything, their goal is take and diminish their belief.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Having faith in a higher archy is a prelevant theme in the memoir Night by Elie Wiesel. Set during the Holocaust, a time of extermination of the Jews, Wiesel’s faith in his god wavers as he describes the situations he endures. One will notice as Wiesel’s faith decreases his identity goes downhill. Although, changing views in religion can affect more than just one’s identity, Wiesel explains his faith in god has a huge impact on his personality to prove one’s religious aspects can affect the way they choose to live their life.
In the memoir Night, the narrator Elie Wiesel recounts a moment when he questioned God, ¨Blessed be God’s name? Why, but why would I bless him? Every fiber in me rebelled, he caused thousands of children to burn his Mass graves?¨(Wiesel 68). Overall, Wiesel does not follow the words of God and is not believing in him anymore because he thinks God is the one thatś letting all the inhumanity occur. One theme in Night is that inhumanity can cause disbelief or incredulity.
Authors often use cruel and inhumane acts to develop a theme as well as to appeal to the readers emotions. Elie Wiesel uses cruelty in his memoir Night to emphasize the barbaric treatment towards the victims of the holocaust; in addition to, how cruelty develops his character throughout the story. For one thing at the beginning of the novel Elie is extremely religious, but after he arrives in the concentration camp he starts losing his faith. For example, “For the first time, I felt anger rising within me. Why should I sanctify His name?
Family; a blessing, or a curse? In the book Night, Elie Wiesel offers many significant themes, but the question, “is family a blessing or a curse,” is one of the most prevalent and begging themes in the novel. During the novel, Wiesel often questions if he should try and keep his father around, or if life would just be better without him in the picture. “‘Don’t let me find him! If only I could get rid of this dead weight, so that I could use all my strength to struggle for my own survival, and only worry about myself,’ I immediately felt ashamed of myself, ashamed forever,” (Wiesel, 111).
This is significant because it shows how quickly he became spiritually dead. Another quote to follow this is “Blessed be God 's name? Why, but why would I bless Him? Every fiber in me rebelled.” (Wiesel 67).
Throughout the history of the human race religion, or a belief system has played a major role, whether it be how the world was created or how one should live their life. Neil LaBute’s The Break of Noon follows the story of John Smith, a man who claims God came down and spoke to him during an office shooting. Although religion has brought comfort and happiness to people all the way from ancient civilizations to now, it has also been a major conflict, usually between believers and non-believers. This idea is shown very clearly in The Break of Noon for John believes his interaction with God has changed him and everyone else is very hesitant to believe him. Through these conflicts, it is clear to see that Neil LaBute is not trying to share his beliefs to the audience but rather is trying to explore them, specifically whether or not a person can truly change in a world unimpressed by religious enlightenment, which is shown through ideas in the preface clearly connecting back different characters and scenes in the play.
“I no longer accepted God’s silence. As I swallowed my ration of soup, I turned that act into a symbol of rebellion, of protest against Him.” (Page 69) This means that Elie is irritated of God not doing anything
As the book goes on, Paul starts to overcome his fears by confronting Erik and Arthur. He overame the fears that dominated his life. For once Paul wasn’t afriad, instead showing courage and bravery. Others might dissagree and say that Paul reveals fear because on it says “... I felt afraid for the first time, afriad that we might all get sucked down and drwon in the mud”, Even if Paul was sacred, he forgot about that and saved multipul kids from the sinkhile in this quote, “My glasses were so caked with mud that I couold no longer se anything clearly. I muyst have pulled twenty kids up befor
Tom regrets what he has done and tries to become a more religious man, he thinks that doing this will turn his life around for the better and wipe away his terrible past decision. In the end on Tom's deathbed, a man comes begging Tom too, "grant a few months indulgence". Tom grew irritated and he told the poor
“The devil is waiting for them, hell is gaping for them, the flames gather and flash about them, and would fain lay hold on them, and swallow them up.” (Edwards) The differences in the Bradstreet’s poem, God was taking the house to help her move on with her life. “It was His own, it was not mine, far be it that I should repine; he might of all justly bereft.” (Bradstreet)
Many who had a faith, had their relationship with God put through several trials and tribulations. Some relationships prevailed, and some failed, but the questioning was fundamental. As Moshe the Beadle says, “I pray to the God within me that He will give me the strength to ask Him the right questions.” (pg 33) The Holocaust forced many people to ask horrible questions concerning their relationship with God, but the fact that one is asking the questions in the first place, still proves their faith.
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.
World War II ruined the lives of many people all across the world, and each person’s experience affected them in different ways. Both characters lost something, but the loss that Elie experiences is more than anything that a student reading the book could comprehend. The the events in the memoir Night by Elie Wiesel in comparison to Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki are considerably more tragic, but each event had massive effects on the lives of those affected. Jeanne and Elie began in a community with their family and friends, living a normal life, but they had very different experiences when being removed from the only place that they’ve ever known. “The name Manzanar meant nothing to us when we left Boyle Heights.
In the novel Night by Elie Wiesel, courage is demonstrated throughout the novel by various characters. To begin, courage was shown when Elie’s father was too weak to continue working and was selected to be killed, so Elie ran after his father, determined not to lose him. Courageously he chased after his father, “... Several SS men rushed to find me, creating such a confusion that a number of people were able to switch over to the right-among them my father and I. Still, there were gunshots and some dead” (Wiesel 96).