An Inner Freedom Analysis

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Losing Inner Freedom
Inner freedom keeps one person from destroying their selves. Viktor E. Frankle describes it in “An Inner Freedom” saying that it is “spiritual freedom” and “independence of mind” (Frankle). In Night, written by Elie Wiesel, Elie loses his belief in God, and has many wars within his soul. Therefore, Elie loses his own inner freedom. While in the concentration camp, Elie has only his father. As the story goes on, Elie is determined to not lose his father, but starts to think of him as a burden. Sometimes he questions whether he should just leave his father to die. Elie prays to God after seeing the Rabbi’s son give up living, praying, “’Oh God, Master of the Universe, give me the strength never to do what Rabbi Eliahu’s son has done’” (Wiesel 91). However, he does abandon
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In “An Inner Freedom” Frankle shows that spiritual freedom can keep one grounded. He witnessed a woman’s death, but was confused when she was happy although she knew that she would not be on this earth for long. She says that she is grateful for “fate” hitting her hard and also said that in her “former life” she never took “spiritual accomplishments seriously” (Frankle). At the beginning of Night, Elie is a firm believer in God, but as his life turns into a downward spiral, he loses faith. Wiesel demonstrates this many times throughout the novel. At first, he gives “thanks to God” after they arrived at their final destination in the beginning of the book (Wiesel 27). As it continues, he becomes angry with God saying, “What are You, my God” and questioning how he could bring all this misery on the Jews (Wiesel 66). Wiesel shows that he is losing his inner freedom when after he refuses to fast, he says, “Deep inside me, I felt a great void opening” (Wiesel 69). This demonstrates losing his belief, but for most people their faith gives them hope. Without hope and faith in God, a person starts to destroy their

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