Stripped Of Faith In Elie Wiesel's Night

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Stripped of Faith “The most important thing is God's blessing and if you believe in God and you believe in yourself, you have nothing to worry about.” -Mohamed Al-Fayed There are two key things one must always remember in order to have success, which include faith and confidence in not only God but oneself as well. In the novel Night by Elie Wiesel, several prisoners of the Holocaust revealed their obstacles, by expressing their thoughts as they gradually lost an important attribute of survival, faith. They endured many challenges that ultimately led them to lose their sense of hope and belief. The prisoners struggled to maintain faith because of the different traumatic events, the cruel living conditions, and the absence of God. The prisoners started to lose faith after having undergone many disturbing and harmful events. Firstly, the Jews had to witness the countless deaths of those whom they lived with and/or knew …show more content…

They could no longer see Him and the light He was supposed to bring. To begin, Akiba Drumer, a fellow Jew and friend of Wiesel at the camp, lost to the selection that determined life or death. After having been told he was not chosen to live, he said sorrowfully, “God is no longer with us,” (76). He did not think that God was with him and the other prisoners because if He were there, Drumer would not be going through the pain. Drumer felt as if God had deserted him, leaving him to fend for himself. Next, another prisoner at the infirmary said to Wiesel that, when compared to God, he had “more faith in Hitler,” (81). His reasoning was because unlike God, Hitler actually kept his word about what he would do to the Jews. Even though what he would do was nothing but harmful, the prisoner in the infirmary believed in him more that God because whatever Hitler said, he did. Therefore, the absence of God led the Jews to forget about all of the power God had and everything that He could

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