Analysis of Night Essay

878 Words Aug 16th, 2013 4 Pages
3 April, 2013
H English 10
Period 1
“Faith is Lost in the Night” The horrible accounts of the holocaust are vividly captured by Elie Wiesel in Night, an award winning work by a Holocaust survivor. It describes his time in the Holocaust and helps the reader fully understand the pain he went through. In the text, Elie continuously mentions how he is losing his faith to god. It is evident that he has nearly, if not completely lost his faith during the events of the holocaust. In the memoir, Night, Elie Wiesel’s faith changes because of the absence of God, the dehumanization of the prisoners, and all of the death that surrounds him. A main factor to the loss of Elie’s faith is the absence of God. Many times in the memoir, Elie is
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Every Jew was given an identification number which was tattooed on to their forearm. They became numbers rather than people. This was one of the biggest acts of dehumanization because a name is what gives each person individuality and value. Without it everyone is ordinary, and all the same. This was a factor in Elie’s loss of faith because it made him feel inferior and not important anymore. Another act of dehumanization was the fact that they were forced to run 42 miles in the cold without stopping. If somebody decided to stop running, they would be killed or trampled by the other oncoming Jews. This took a huge chunk of hope out of Elie. At one point Elie debated stopping and just allowing himself to die. The only thing keeping him going was his father, until he died. Death proved to be the most prominent thing in Elie’s new life in the Holocaust. The first big death that Elie experienced was arguably the most poignant moment in the memoir. The little angel eyed boy was brutally killed by being hanged publicly for no good reason at all. The boy was too small and suffered because he wasn’t heavy enough to break his own neck on the noose. The Jews were forced to watch for a very long time until he finally passed. This affected Elie’s faith in numerous ways because he could not understand why god would let this innocent boy die the way he did. An even more

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