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.
“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) “The student of Talmud, the child I was, had been consumed by the flames.” (Wiesel, 37) Struggle for identity is seen here as Eliezer loses the faith he once studied and worshipped. “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.
Something that not only him but everyone else had to do was he had to live in the ghettos. He has to live with these things for his entire life, he has to life with watching the annihilation. During the Holocaust, Elie Wiesel changes from a spiritual, sensitive little boy to a spiritually dead unemotional man. Elie changed completely due to his experience at Auschwitz. He saw many things that changed his emotions for the worst.
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
If you and your family were to be treated horribly because of your religion or race, how would you feel? Elie Wiesel, author of Night, describes how he and his father had to undergo a tedious and exhausting experience because of their religion, Judaism. This was during the Holocaust where Jews, homosexuals, Gypsies, Blacks, and others who didn’t fit the Nazi’s desired idea of humans were being sent to Concentration camps. At the camps, the prisoners were forced to do labor and were rarely fed; the prisoners who weren’t strong enough were killed. Elie’s faith waivered throughout his journey; the only thing that kept him going was his father.
And that is why I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering humiliation”. This quote that Elie Wiesel uses in his speech shows that the world was silent after the war. He knew that nobody would know what the holocaust was like, so he told the world about it in his speech and in his book. Wiesel decided since he was one of the last survivors that he will not be silent about it. This is one main reason he wrote the speech and the story The Night, and well deserved the Nobel Peace Prize award.
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.
Wiesel's use of his young self is in fact there to provoke emotion out of the audience and build his credibility. Yet, it is also there to represent the suffering children of today. The young boy is mentioned because it creates a sense of innocence. When Wiesel was young, he saw those American soldiers as his heroes, men who understood his anger and pain and showed compassion for him. Young Wiesel didn't know any better that those American soldiers had the opportunity to help him earlier but did not.
These adversities made Elie Wiesel become the man he is today; he is truly a humanitarian. He had to keep his hope and faith in god so he will live and not go crazy. “ I’ve got to keep my faith in god.” He kept his faith in god. He prayed and kept praying and praying he kept his sanity and faith in god. He prayed for all the people that had been killed or died.
“ Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one,” - Bruce Lee My hook relates to the book Night, a book by Elie Wiesel who is a Holocaust Survivor who had suffered in a concentration camp with his father, because it is saying how you can’t pray for an easy life, you have to be strong enough to live through it.It is about horrors of the Holocaust in first person, and how Wiesel and his father endured it. In Night, Elie and his father’s relationship changes throughout the book because in their home town of Sighet, Elie and his father are distant but they become much closer when they get deported. By the end of the book, they are drifting apart because Elie’s selfishness takes a hold of him. In the beginning, in Sighet before they are deported, Elie and his father are very distant until they are deported. When Elie talks about how him and his father were not very close and he was more involved in business than his family, he states,”He rarely displays his feelings, not even with his family, and was more involved with the welfare of others than his own kin,”( Wiesel 4).