Themes Of Night By Elie Wiesel

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Night By Elie Wiesel
Elie Wiesel was born in Sighet Transylvania on September 30, 1928 (Gradesaver.com). Prior to being taken under the Nazi 's rule, he decided to pursue Religious studies, as his father did. He grew up with his parents and three sisters. In the year 1944, when Elie was 15 years old, Nazi 's took over Sighet and a few other areas and transported them to concentration camps in Poland. Millions of Jews were killed, and on April 10, 1945, Elie was in the camp of Buchenwald when freedom was present. After the holocaust, Wiesel studied at the Sorbonne in France from the years 1948-1951. Wiesel has had been given numerous awards, two of them being the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom and the French Legion of Honor 's Grand Croix
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One of the themes was the belief of ones god or any god- it was being questioned by Elie himself. He struggles believing in his faith. He is conflicted because he wonders how a God is capable of allowing this type of pain to be inflicted upon anyone. He wonders why or how a God could allow such misery to those who did nothing but be his servants (Wiesel 45), “I was the accuser, God the accused.” Although Wiesel once believed in a God, he felt like a stranger to those who were around him and currently did. His faith had become dismantled. He accused God for putting him in the worst circumstances he could ever imagine- putting his life and his family’s lives at risk. Although he was alone he felt so strong as if he were stronger than God himself. He only needed himself and he was aware of that. Another theme is the significance of a father son relationship or bond. With everyone’s lives at risk, everyone was becoming immensely selfish. They were putting themselves before their family members. There are multiple occurrences where Elie witnesses harsh mistreatment of sons toward their fathers, one of them occurring on the train to Buchenwald where he witnesses a fight for food where a son beats his father to death. The selfishness portrayed by some individuals is overwhelming, both of these themes being major contributors to the purpose of this

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