Elie Wiesel: A Survivor of the Holocaust
Elie Wiesel wrote in a mystical and existentialistic manner to depict his life as a victim of the holocaust in his many novels. Such selections as ‘Night’ and ‘The Trial of God’ reveal the horrors of the concentration camps and Wiesel's true thoughts of the years of hell that he encountered. This hell that Wiesel wrote about was released later in his life due to his shock, sadness, and disbelief. Elie Wiesel spoke in third person when writing his stories. Unlike other Holocaust stories, Wiesel gave not only the facts but also the horrific and realistic feelings of a victim in the camps. All of Elie Wiesel’s novels were based on his life.
At the age of 15, Eliezer Wiesel and his family were
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Elie’s father Chlomo is highly looked upon in the Jewish community of Sighet and by his son. Together, Elie and his father try to survive the horrors of the concentration camps. Night takes place during World War 2 (1941-1945) in a little town in Transylvania called Sighet. Elie and his father travel through several different concentration camps during the story: Auschwitz, Berkenau, Buna, Gleiwitz, and Buchenwald. The main conflict in Night is Elie’s struggle for survival in the concentration camps and his struggle for his father to survive with him. Several different themes present themselves in this story. The biggest theme is the relationship between father and son. The book follows both Elie and his father’s imprisonments within the Concentration camps. Another theme is man’s relationship with God. Elie contemplates the existence of God quite frequently throughout the novel especially in the quote, ”Yes, man is very strong, greater than God. When You were deceived by Adam and Eve, You drove them out of Paradise. When Noah’s generation displeased You, You brought down the Flood. When Sodom no longer found favor in Your eyes, You made the sky rain down fire and sulfur. But these men here, who You have betrayed, who You have allowed to be tortured, butchered, gassed, burned, what do they do? They pray before You! They praise Your name!” (Wiesel 64)
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