Night Passage Analysis

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Elie’s loss of head faith is cemented in his quote on page 87, “And, in spite of myself, a prayer rose in my heart, to that God in whom I no longer believed.” (M). This cements it because he is fighting himself not to believe. His heart wanted to pray and pray it did showing that he still believed in his heart. However, he writes “in spite of myself” that means in his head he did not want to pray and he wishes that he does not. This shows that although he had given up his belief in his head, he not given it up in his heart. This is also the last time that Elie mentions God in the book. That is significant because it shows that after this moment his head won the fight. He managed to suppress his heart faith to the point that it does not come …show more content…
This loss of faith is best described by Elie in the “Never shall I forget” passage that is found at the top of page 32 in Night. This passage is placed in the book as Elie is spending his first night in the concentration camp. However, it makes more sense to look at this passage as a testament of Elie’s views after the Holocaust had ended because he is recounting events from his experiences that he will never forget. Some of these events have to do with his faith. Elie states, “Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God.” (P. 32 M). When he writes this he is reflecting on losing his head faith. For a while, when he did not have ownership of his faith it is like God had been murdered because he did not have any connections or a relationship with him. However, the passage continues and says, “Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself.” (P. 32 M). With this statement he obviously is saying that God is alive. The alive is referring to Him living in his heart because Elie never loses his heart faith.
Another statement Elie makes during the “Never shall I forget” passage is “Never shall I forget those flames which consumed my faith forever.” (P. 32 T). Elie Wiessel did not lose his faith during the Holocaust as this quote may suggest. However, an experience like the Holocaust cannot be forgotten and it did affect his faith in God for a while

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