What Is The Theme Of Innocence In Night By Elie Wiesel

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When the shell built by childhood and innocence becomes removed, it’s as if for the first time an individual can truly see the limitless boundaries of the horizon. For Elie Wiesel in his work, Night, his boundaries lied at the edge of his hometown of Sighet. At age 16, Elie wanted to expand his horizons by strengthening his relationship with God, and although his father was against Elie taking up spirituality, he went and found himself a tutor in Moishe the Beedle. Months into their lessons, the Gestapo abducted Moishe. Managing to get away, Moishe planned to teach Elie one last lesson of the danger that lied ahead. None of the village, including Elie, paid no heed to his warning. That mistake would send Elie on a journey of turmoil and darkness …show more content…
The soldiers then forced the beaten and battered Elie and his father, as well as all the prisoners at Buna, on a journey, in which Elie discovers a man abandoned by his son. Upon reflection of the events, he says to himself,”I was glad that Rabbi Eliahu continued to search for his beloved son...a prayer formed inside me, a prayer to this God whom I no longer believed in.’Oh God, Master of the Universe, give me the strength to never do what Rabbi Eliahu’s son has done.’”(91). When Elie gave up on God, it seemed simple enough, but abandoning his own father would mean losing his humanity. It was because of his father that Elie made it this far, and at that point, his dad was all he had left. Elie, who had forgotten about faith, even utters a prayer so that he could keep some altruistic part of himself, but even Elie is not immune to temptation. A block leader said to Elie about his father,”’You are hurting yourself. In fact, you should be getting his rations...You could have two rations of bread, two rations of soup...’It was only a fraction of a second, but it only left me feeling guilty.”(111). As Elie’s father approaches Death’s door, the allure of being rid of such burden and responsibility naturally appeals to Elie. Although his loyalty remained steadfast, Elie realized that his relationship with his father could end up like his relationship with God as a result of his selfish desires. On January 29, 1945, Elie’s father passes away, and just like on the day he abandoned God, he feels “free at last!”(112). ‘Every man for himself’ was the motto that the prisoners lived by, but Elie was the exception. In those unforgiving circumstances, he questioned his belief in his ability to stay humane, yet still Elie stuck by his father even if he harbored some dark thoughts in

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