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In Night, Elie Wiesel used symbolism, anaphora and contrasting to emphasize and illustrate his struggle with religion. And how one can lose their trust in God while dealing with horrid and traumatic events. Throughout Wiesel’s entire memoir, symbolism was used to help the better reader understand Elie’s thoughts or feelings about the things he was dealing with. This includes Elie’s feelings towards his God at one particular unimaginable time in his life. Elie’s faith in God dramatically changed after one event in particular. An innocent child “with the sad-eyed face of an angel” as Elie described him, was hanged for a crime he did not commit. Seeing this changed Elie greatly, along with his ability to believe in God. When a man asked where God was because of what they had just witnessed Elie answered with this “Where He is? This is where—hanging here from this gallows…” (Wiesel 65) For Elie, the death of this child symbolized the death of God. Showing readers that the innocent pipel represented God helped readers understand Elie’s struggle with his religion better. The death of God to Elie was something abstract, but the death of this child was very much real. Giving the readers something real to visualize and compare to helps them understand just how Elie felt about God at the time. Wiesel also used anaphora in one specific section of his memoir to emphasize to readers just how important and significant his loss of faith was to him. He repeated the phrase “Never shall I forget” several times, showing how his first night in concentration camp changed everything he ever knew. He also said “Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith forever…Never shall I forget those moments that murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to ashes.” (Wiesel 34) Here, Wiesel used anaphora to emphasize to readers that no matter what happened to Elie, he could never forget what he saw and all that he endure and he could never forget just how it affected him,...
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