Night Essay

1428 words - 6 pages

Wiesel’s Changes of Faith
The Holocaust brought about many hardships and created severe adversity for its victims that may have created experiences ultimately too traumatic that transformed their lives for years to come, either through starvation and labor in the concentration camps or execution and incineration in the extermination camps. In the memoir Night by Elie Wiesel, Wiesel tells the story of himself as a young Jewish boy born in Romania, who in 1944, was forced into ghettos with the rest of the Jewish citizens and later deported, along with his father, to the Nazi’s largest killing center, Auschwitz-Birkenau. While living through this day-to-day horrifying basis, Elie begins to ...view middle of the document...

In addition, strong imagery comes into play as well when Wiesel writes, “at night I ran to the synagogue to weep over the destruction of the Temple” revealing not only his religious participation with God, but his concern for anything that may occur around his religion that may potentially affect him in communicating with God. Suddenly, Moshe the Beadle returns after escaping from the Gestapo and tries to tell Elie that “I wanted to come back to Sighet to tell you the story of my death. So that you could prepare yourselves while there was still time. To live? I don’t attach any importance to my life any more. I’m alone. No, I wanted to come back, and to warn you. And see how it is, no one will listen to me…” (5). Wiesel reveals the attitude of the Jews before they realized what was really happening, including himself, by not listening to Moshe the Beadle. Elie’s faith on God was too high to believe that such a thing that Moshe the Beadle had discussed about what he had went through before escaping was true because with his faith, Wiesel realized that God would not let such a thing happen. Because of Wiesel’s over-reaching faith, including the Jewish community’s, they did not take the open opportunity to escape when they had the chance and in essence, for some, it led to their brutal deaths in the end. As a result, Wiesel was well-attached to his studies and God himself, developing his high faith, that he could not have held the ability to believe what Moshe the Beadle was talking about at the time.
Having been deported to a Nazi death camp, Wiesel begins to lose his faith dramatically as he becomes an agonized witness to the horrors of cremation and execution. After witnessing the innocent lives of the people being consumed by the crematorium, Wiesel had obtained that nocturnal silence depriving him from living, then “the night was gone. The morning star was shining in the sky. I too had become a completely different person. The student of Talmud, the child that I was, had been consumed in the flames. There remained only a shape that looked like me. A dark flame had entered my soul and devoured it” (34). Through the various diction used by Wiesel such as “different,” “consumed,” “flames,” “soul,” and “devoured,” the reader can understand more clearly that after Wiesel witnessed the incineration of the people in the crematorium, he no longer felt any reason at all to continue practicing his beliefs taught in the Talmud. In addition, he abandoned his previous state of a religion applied person to nothing more than a body filled with an empty soul. His traces of faith he once held in God began to diminish as the flames had consumed them. As the execution by hanging of a well-known boy under the name of Pipel took place, Elie could not do anything but watch as he heard a voice behind him asking, “Where is God now?” And Elie answers within himself, “Where is He? Here He is—He is hanging here on this gallows…That night the soup tasted of corpses”...

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