Loss Of Faith In Night By Elie Wiesel

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In the novel, Night, by Elie Wiesel he uses his past experiences from several concentration camps during WWII to develop the theme of how one's faith can change, when in the midst of one’s inevitable downfall. On several instances I have shown a lost and uplift in my own faith, however the most notable one is when I was a little boy and my dad had custody of me, and whenever I was going to be taken from my Mom I would pray aloud for God to let me stay with my mom. At this time, I was real crybaby and when my dad came to pick me up I would cry and hold onto my mom, but at the same time I would pray and pray but I never got what I had prayed for, and in turn I began to lose faith that I would have to stay with my dad. After kindergarten, …show more content…
For instance, Elie hears a voice, and describes what was said by the one word voice inside of him, “‘ Where is he? Here he is -He is hanging on the gallows…’ That night the soup tasted of corpses.” (72). This reveals that after seeing a child get hanged many of the Jews lost their faith, and this voice inside Elie says God is dead because these two of the best prisoners within the concentration were hanged , while god stood Idly by watching. This means that Elie has completely lost his faith and this can be shown with which his mind is telling that God is dead, and to be honest I can feel what Elie has felt because I too oppress him in a different way in which I believe I am a God at some points in my life. In addition, one can see Elie’s complete loss of faith when he thinks “But further there was no longer any reason why I should fast I no longer accepted God’s silence. As I swallowed my bowl of soup, I saw in the gesture an act of rebellion and protest against him.-In the depths of my heart, I felt a great void.”(76). This shows that Elie is protesting against God by swallowing a bowl of soup on Yom Kippur, which was a day of fasting, because he no longer felt any need because God was absent from his heart. This means that Elie thought he could take down God, but as he made this act of rebellion he could feel a physical loss of faith in God as he felt a void deep in his heart, and this tells a person that Elie was finally devoid of faith. Conclusively Elie’s faith was ripped apart just like wolves and savagely eating it away, which is what the Germans did to all the all the Jews, however towards the end of the book he shows a little bit of renewal in his faith under underwhelming