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Night Essay

  • Course: English
  • Professor: Mr. Smith
  • School: West Coast University, CA
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Elie Wiesel, a strong survivor of the Holocaust, went face to face with the worst of God’s tests. His novel, Night, was published to remind future generations of this heart-breaking event, in order to prevent a catastrophe such as this one from happening again. Throughout his novel, Wiesel shares the moments that he found to be most life changing. He starts his journey with a strong belief in God and then from the challenges he faces he becomes confused in what to believe. Elie Wiesel’s experiences during the Holocaust gradually alter his faith in God; this is a result of the deaths he witnesses, the lack of mercy from the guards, and his separation from friends and family. The millions of deaths that Elie Wiesel witnesses throughout his experience in the Holocaust cause his faith to slowly fade away. In the novel, the young teenager unfortunately witnesses death and must deal with the tragic loss of the ones that he loves. One of the most devastating sights he saw was of the young children, “Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky” (Wiesel 32). The life changing sights Elie Wiesel saw during the Holocaust will strongly remain within his memory. Wiesel’s faith was on the line and he did not know how he was going to be able to hang onto it while he was being forced to watch the bodies of young children burn to death (Wiesel 32-43). Another death that causes Wiesel to lose his faith is when he sees a young boy turn on his father for food. While traveling between the concentration camps, the prisoners were malnourished and delusional. Elie witnessed a savage young boy kill his own father for a small ration of bread, and then watched another man kill the young boy for the same ration. When Elie Wiesel beheld these tragic events he was weakened and did not know if he could still have trust in God. God did not create man to kill. However, Elie questioned whether or not God was...