Faith is a recurring theme in Night. Discuss Elie’s faith throughout the memoir. Night, an autobiographical memoir of a Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, mainly focusses on the recurring theme of faith. However, the memoir is centered on the protagonist, Elie, and his experiences with faith. Through Wiesel’s detailed and descriptive narrative, the reader is made aware of the horrific and deeply saddening events a youth endures, leading to his loss of faith in God. Elie’s transition from being a devout believer in God at the beginning of the memoir to a spiritually empty person at the conclusion is truly saddening, shocking and brutal to read. The beginning of the memoir is written in a very peaceful manner, with Wiesel focussing mainly on Elie’s devotion and belief in God. Through Wiesel’s non-violent style of writing at the beginning of the memoir, he is able to depict the naturally peaceful way that the Jewish people live in. Peace, devotion and belief are all in the nature of the Jewish community. Wiesel depicts Elie as an ideal Jew, as Elie is extremely devoted to God, often, if not always, weeping while praying at the broken down altar. Through this, Wiesel attempted to show the great importance and power that God exercises over the Jews. Elie is a very dedicated disciple of God; he loves Him, he prays to Him every day, and holds the belief that God is his saviour and will ultimately keep him safe from harm. As the memoir advances, Wiesel gradually introduces violence into the narrative. The effects of death, silence and emotional turmoil on Elie’s faith in God, during his time at the death camps of Auschwitz and Buchenwald, are seen through Wiesel’s thorough descriptions of the events that Elie witnesses. Because of the descriptive and seemingly accurate manner that Wiesel writes Night, the reader is often sceptical as to whether, and how much of, the memoir can be seen as an accurate historical account of the Holocaust. However,...
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