Character Analysis: Night

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In Elie Wiesel's book, "Night", the main character Eliezer, goes through numerous struggles with his faith in God which is caused by the Holocaust.
This horrific genocide changed the way many Jews and others thought about their religion and views on things. Just like others Eliezer experienced the same but was questionable about his faith even before the Holocaust took place.

In the beginning of Night, Eliezer went to the synagogue to pray every day and wanted study the cabbala very badly but he had to find a master to teach him. Moshe the Beadle, a poor and humble man from the same town, was the only person he could find to teach him. Moshe the Beadle found Eliezer praying and questioned him. '''Why do you weep when you pray?" he asked me, as though he had known me a long time. "I don't know why," I answered, greatly disturbed. The question had never entered my head.'''("Night" pg. 2) This was the first time Eliezer actually thought about why he does the things that he does. Following that, Moshe the Beadle asks him another question. "Why do you pray?" he asked me, after a moment. Why did I pray? A strange question. Why did I live? Why did I breathe?"("Night" pg.2)

Eliezer did not know why he prayed, weeped, or lived. But through his meetings with Moshe the Beadle, it was explained to him "with great insistence that every question possessed a power that did not lie in the answer."("Night" pg.2) He was starting to realize that " Man questions God and God answers. But we don't understand His answers. We can't understand them. Because they come from the depths of the soul"("Night" pg.2) "You will find the true answers, Eliezer, only within yourself!"("Night" pg.3) As the book goes on Eliezer with have to find answers within himself and sometimes he will not understand them.
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