Analysis Of Night By Elie Wiesel Essay

1266 Words May 16th, 2016 6 Pages
One, having experienced a devastating situation, such as war, might relate to the idea that “it’s no good at all to see yourself and not recognize your face. Out on my own, it’s such a scary place” (Efron). Throughout life there are times when we no longer recognize ourselves. One’s identity is more than just physical appearance. In Night by Elie Wiesel, we can see that war not only physically changes a person, but it also shakes a person’s faith, weakens relationships, and loosens his morals; he no longer remembers who he is, who he loves, or in what he believes—he only focuses on survival.
Elie Wiesel begins his memoir as a young faithful Jew: “I was almost thirteen and deeply observant. By day I studied Talmud and by night I would run to the synagogue to weep over the destruction of the temple” (3). The event which Elie describes occurred first in 425 B.C. when the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar led an attack on Jerusalem (“The Destruction”). The temple was destroyed a second time in 70 A.D. by the Roman army (Pope 187). The fact that Elie still weeps over these events hundreds of years later shows that Elie cares greatly about the oppression of the Jews throughout history. Elie experiences oppression similar to that of past Jews when he is forced into a concentration camp and stripped of his identity—reduced to nothing more than a number. While incarcerated during Rosh Hashanah, Elie recounts a time at which he had closely followed the rules of the Jewish holiday: “I…

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