Essay On Night By Elie Wiesel

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Loss of Faith during the Holocaust

Written in English, the novel Night was published in 1960. Night is a work by Elie Wiesel.
It is about about his experience with his father in the Nazi German concentration camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald. Elie and his father were taken into the camps in the spring of 1944. Elie survived, and was released in the year of 1956. In this novel, some of the main characters are Elie Wiesel, Mr. Wiesel, Moshe the Beadle, Juliek, Madame Schachter, and many more characters that are introduced throughout the novel. Many of these characters experienced rough patches in their faith. In Night, Elie Wiesel uses irony, symbolism, and imagery to illustrate how faith was lost during the Holocaust.
During the novel, Elie Wiesel uses irony to describe how faith was being lost. A quote in Night that displayed irony was, “Some of the men spoke of God: His mysterious ways, the sins of the Jewish people, and the redemption to come. As for me, I had ceased to pray. I concurred with Job! I was not denying His existence, but I doubted His absolute justice” (45). In this quote, irony is being showcased because Elie still believed in God, but he began to question God’s justice and wonder why God put him in the position that he was in. Another quote that displayed
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Literary devices such as, irony, symbolism, and imagery. Each device gave an explanation, or visual representation of how faith was lost during the Holocaust. Irony represented the feelings or emotions that prisoners felt, relating to the loss of faith during the Holocaust. Next, symbolism revealed the ideas or qualities that certain situations, or people had conveyed to the loss of faith during the Holocaust. Lastly, imagery gave a visual representation of Elie’s sights and experiences, that were directly showing loss of faith during the Holocaust. There were many circumstances in which faith was being lost during the