The Struggle With Faith In Night By Eliezer Wiesel

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The memoir Night, written by Eliezer Wiesel, tells of the experiences that happened in the Nazi German concentration camps during the Holocaust. Elie is separated from his mother and three sisters early in the book. The book tells of the horrific experiences that he and his father must face together. There are several themes that can be identified in this book, but I will concentrate on the struggle with faith. Raised to be a faithful young man, Eliezer Wiesel’s faith is tested but never truly lost because of the events that he is forced to endure during the time of the Holocaust. In the Night, we are introduced to a young Jewish man named Eliezer Wiesel who lived in a small town in Transylvania called Sighet. He would study the Talmud …show more content…
In the spring of 1944, the Jews were shipped in trainloads to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps. Elie’s family was in the final group that went. Elie never saw his mother and sisters again after they arrived at the camp. Elie and his father soon realized that babies, children, and adults were being burned alive. It was really too much for Elie to comprehend. At Birkenau, many Jews began to weep. Elie’s father was shaking. Some of the Jewish people began to recite a prayer for the dead. Elie’s father whispered “Yisgadal, veyiskadash, shmey raba…May his name be celebrated and sanctified”. This caused Elie to become angry. Elie thought, “Why should I sanctify his name? The Almighty, the eternal and terrible Master of the Universe, chose to be silent. What was there to thank him for?” (Wiesel, 33). Early on in this experience, Elie is already questioning his faith in God. How could God allow people to suffer being burned alive? He struggles to believe that this can actually be happening. He has trouble finding a reason to sanctify God’s …show more content…
Elie survives in the end, and becomes a free man. Elie looks at himself in the mirror and sees a corpse. The significance of this is that a corpse is dead. Elie was malnourished, sick, exhausted, and by all accounts “empty”. He was, however, still alive. Elie was able to run, walk, and even march when he had to. He found the strength to survive hunger, cold, thirst, pain, worry, fear, despair, and heartbreak. There is no doubt that his faith waivered. Elie is a Holocaust survivor because he never truly lost his faith. His faith gave him the strength to pull himself through. Even is his darkest days, his faith helped him fight for his

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