Loss Of Hope In All The Bright Places By Elie Wiesel

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“We are all alone, trapped in these bodies and our own minds, and whatever company we have in this life is only fleeting and superficial,” writes Jennifer Niven in her novel, All The Bright Places. In the year 1942, Elie Wiesel is unwaveringly loyal to God and he is a young boy full of potential. When he and his family are deported in 1944, his entire life changes over the course of a few days. In his memoir detailing his experiences during the Holocaust, he writes of the events that had occurred within the camps. For many of the events in Night, Elie does not disclose his exact emotions during the time, but his mere descriptions reflect his gradual loss of hope. During his experiences in the concentration camps, Elie Wiesel loses faith in …show more content…
One of the first acts of cruelty that Elie faces is how the Hungarian police proceed with the evacuation of the Jews from Sighet. With their clubs swinging and ready to strike anyone they choose, the police yell at the Jews to march faster, and they are unconcerned by the Jews’ discomfort. Elie declares, “That was when I began to hate them, and my hatred remains our only link today. They were our first oppressors. They were the first faces of hell and death.” (19) While Elie and his father are waiting for selection later on, they see a truck dropping babies into a ditch with huge flames. The scene is so incredibly sadistic that Elie believes it to be surreal and he confesses that the memory still haunts him. The SS officers …show more content…
At the beginning of Night, Elie is a devout Jewish student and indulges himself in his religious studies in nearly every waking moment he has. When Moishe the Beadle approaches him one day and asks Ellie why he cries when he prays, Elie thinks, “I had never asked myself that question. I cried because… something inside me felt the need to cry. That was all I knew.” (4) Elie himself does not even understand his deep devotion to God. However, this does not deter his faith in God and it only makes him want to seek the answers. He asks Moishe the Beadle to be his mentor and to teach him the mystical secrets of Judaism. Later in the concentration camps, when Elie expects he is to be minutes away from his demise, he spitefully thinks, “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. Where was there to thank Him for?” (33) Elie does not believe that God deserves to have people worship and praise Him, when He keeps silent when those same people suffer. This is one of Elie’s first thoughts of bitterness towards God. Moishe the Beadle had previously explained to Elie, “Man asks and God replies. But we don’t understand His replies. We cannot understand them. Because they dwell in the depths of our souls and remain there until

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