Eliezer Wiesel Loss Of Identity In Night

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“Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith forever” (34). Eliezer Wiesel was a jewish teenager during the Holocaust of World War II. He survived the horrors of concentration and labor camps and later wrote about his experiences in the book Night. His family is first transported to a ghetto, then Eli is separated from his mother and sister after the first camp transport; he spends the rest of the book in various concentration camps, with his father, until the day of his liberation. While in different camps, he is forced to work in harsh conditions, does not receive proper nutrition or hygiene care, and suffers through many hardships. Once liberated, Eli stares at himself in the mirror for the first time since the ghetto and concludes that he will never forget what he had to endure. Throughout the book, readers can see Eli’s change in identity as he undergoes these hardships. In Night, Wiesel uses his own change in identity to show that traumatic life changing experiences cause a loss in beliefs and faith. Primarily, one of the effects of the horrific experiences is Eliezer’s loss of interest in his family. When he is separated from his mother and sister at the first camp, he knew that he had to stay with his father no matter what happened. He physically shows this emotional bond by writing, “My hand tightened its grip on my father” (30). He holds onto his father so he does not lose him, showing that his main priority …show more content…
Throughout this story, Eli completely loses sight in what used to strongly believe in: family, freedom, and religion. These losses would not have occurred without the hardships of the Holocaust. Also, each aspect of his life is lost slowly as the story continues chronologically. He starts by strongly believing in one, and as times get tougher, he loses sight of them altogether. Thus, the hardships he went through demolished his faith in a way that he will never