Essay The, Night, By Elie Wiesel

1673 Words Feb 18th, 2016 7 Pages
He is sitting in the dark corner of an overcrowded wooden stable barrack designed originally for horses. Yesterday he was Elie, a fifteen year old boy from Sighet Transylvania, today he is an eighteen year old boy, A-7713. Within a few short hours, Elie Wiesel’s life is transformed as he and his family are affected by the Holocaust. They were first transported to a small ghetto in their hometown and later a larger ghetto. Following is the transportation to Birkenau, Buna, Auschwitz, Gleiwitz, and Buchenwald. While all of these places are different, they all share one thing in common : silence. The symbolic meaning behind the theme, silence, is interpreted in the memoir, Night, by Elie Wiesel, through aspects of God, the world, and death during World War II and the Holocaust.
God’s silence as His people suffer in the book Night leads Elie and the other prisoners to question their faith in the Jewish religion. As Elie is transported from camp to camp, and things get worse and worse, he begins to wonder if there is a God. As he goes through his own spiritual changes, others around him do as well. Elie grew up under a strong religious influence, hoping to one day become a Kabbalist, he prayed and sought guidance from Moishe the Beadle. That was, until all foreign Jews are expelled from Sighet, and Moishe the Beadle is taken by the Hungarian police. However, Moishe manages to escape, returning to Sighet to warn the town of what is to come. Nobody listens, and the once respected…

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