Night By Elie Wiesel Loss Of Innocence Analysis

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When there is a loss of innocence, there are ways to influence it and results as an effect from affliction. For example, a child could lose their home, family, childhood, etc. and the child is no longer innocent from his/her losses. The child copes with their troubles through negative behaviors, personal hardships, or any other negative methods. Night by Elie Wiesel is an example of how loss of innocence is impacted. Wiesel himself is the narrator of the story and records his self experience along with his father in the Nazi German concentration camp. From 1944 to 1945 in Auschwitz and Buchenwald, Wiesel influenced his forfeiture of purity in different forms because of first-hand experience and being a survivor of the Holocaust, and as well …show more content…
With the absence of his faith, Elie no longer has the sense of an identity. Elie prays with everyone in the solemn service even though he rejects his confidence in God. Since Elie has been horrifically tortured in the concentration camp that made him deny his belief in God, he turns away from the service to pray. He angrily opposes all religious beliefs, “Why, but why would I bless Him? Every fiber in me rebelled. Because He caused thousands of children to burn in His mass graves? [...] I felt like an observer, a stranger” (68). Obviously, Elie is strongly against the religious confidence everyone has surrounded him with. The fact that everyone has an optimistic hope besides Elie, makes him feel as what Elie describes as, “an observer, a stranger.” Elie felt as “a stranger” because he didn 't have the same acceptance and energy as everyone else does. Which meant he did not know who he was or not have an identity at all. The reason why Elie didn’t have an identity is because he felt so lost under his religion, he felt there was irony in God and His powers. As a result, Elie easily influenced his loss of innocence due to his loss in faith and his religion. Elie’s innocence was destroyed because he believes his God “caused thousands of children to burn in His mass graves” in which he is traumatized. He is traumatized with his misfortune due to the sight of innocent children burn to death, and everyone worshiping the God in which he believes is the cause of that, makes Elie lose all of his innocence.Thus, the loss of innocence, Elie no longer has confidence in God from the ironic beliefs and from which he no longer has a sense of an identity under his religion. In conclusion, Elie without a sense of identity causes his absence in religious faith due to the irony which is one of the ways Elie copes with his loss of

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