I Found Myself Wondering While Reading Night By Elie Wiesel Essay

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Something I found myself wondering while reading Night by Elie Wiesel, was how much the narrator , Wiesel, had changed from the beginning of the novel to the end? In what ways has his identity been stripped of him, warped and destroyed until he was barely recognizable by the end of the book? In the beginning, Wiesel is a young boy, around the age of thirteen, living in a village called Sighet with his family. He is devoutly religious and wants, more than anything else to study the Kabbala and his Jewish faith. While meeting with a man in town, Moishe the Beadle, and having discussions about his beliefs, he continues to pursue religious study, despite the objections of his father. However, in 1942 Moishe and all of the other foreign Jews of Sighet are taken by German soldiers and almost all of them are never seen or heard from again. Surprisingly, Moishe returns to Sighet with a terrible story. He describes the horrific killing of all of the other Jews, who were forced to dig their own mass grave and were shot at the edge. He only escaped because the Nazis had shot him in the leg and left him for dead. Much to his dismay, nobody in the village believes him. Despite his pleas for the other Jews to hear what he’s saying, they all think that he’s lying or looking for sympathy. Wiesel is one of these people and more or less ignores what Moishe has to say and, as stated on page eight, “devotes himself to his studies.” But all of this changes in the spring of 1944 when…

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