Night By Elie Wiesel: Analysis

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At the beginning of Night, Eliezer describes himself as someone who believes profoundly. As the book goes on his faith diminishes because of the terrible things that are happening around him. For example, “Why did I pray? Strange question. Why did I live? Why did I breathe?” (page 4) this quote represents Elie’ profound faith. In time he will learn about the horrors that face him, but now his faith is everything. His beliefs are so strong that he compares praying to living and breathing, his life revolves around his religion and he enjoys it that way. He even goes so far as to cry when he prays. This is a strong as Elie’s faith will be throughout the book. Next, “Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith forever.” (page 34) At this moment in the book Elie first sees the people being thrown into the large pits of fire. Seeing this results in him start to lose his certitude in God. This traumatic experience, most definitely causes Elie some poignant thoughts and he doesn’t know how he should believe in a God that would let things like crematoriums and …show more content…
My eyes had opened and I was alone, terribly alone in a world without God.” (Page 68) describes that he no longer has any faith left. He no longer can believe that God is there because of all these terrible things that he is experiencing and seeing on a daily basis. Subsequently he feels alone because he had always felt God was there with him and now he knows He is not, as if the fact had always had some lucidity. Understandably he would be feeling this way, but it still must be hard for him. Consequently he must have assumed that the other people were still faithful, but even though they were oblivious to how he was feeling, most likely a lot of them felt similarly. In other words, Elie’s faith drastically changed. He went from religion being his whole life, to practically gone. His faith basically disappeared because of this awful