Assignment #3: Changes
The novel Night, written by Elie Wiesel is a nonfictional memoir of Elie Wiesel's suffering and fear of death in the concentration camps. During that time, Elie has experienced great changes in his beliefs about himself, his family, and his god.
The Holocaust had changed Elie into a completely different person. Elie Physically changed from a healthy human being into a walking skeleton. The Jews at the concentration camps were only given some bread and some soup, served with poor quality. Elie was a healthy boy who always had food to eat, when he was given the soup, he could not even touch it: “ We were brought some soup, one bowl of thick soup for each of us, I was terribly hungry, yet I refused to touch it.” (Wiesel 42). With the lack of food and the heavy work at the labor camps, Elie had become weak, scrawny, and lifeless.
Elie and his family were deported to a concentration camp in Birkenau, where he and his mother and sister were parted and he had no hope to see them ever again. His father was the only family he has. Elie would risk everything to be with his father; however, at the end, Elie showed no emotion to his father's death. He learned that all he really needed was himself and nobody else. He could not depend on anyone, he needs to save himeself and that is all he cared about.
Religion was the base of Elie's young life: “By day I studied Talmud and by night I would run to the synagogue to weep over the destruction of the temple.” (Wiesel 3). He was very focused and interested in his studies. Elie also wanted to study the Kabbalah; however, he is too
young to learn about the world of mysticism. He believed that God was everything and everywhere. Elie had complete faith and belief to God.When Elie was in the concentration camp, he continuously doubted God's existence. For instance, when Elie's father was reciting the Kaddish, Elie felt anger inside of him. He questioned why he...
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