Night Elie Wiesel Analysis

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Faith, complete trust or confidence in someone or something. Most everyone has some sort of faith in something at some point in their lives, whether it be faith in a God or Gods, faith you have a purpose or faith in your family but that same faith can also be lost. Elie Wiesel, a fifteen year old boy, endures the challenge of a lifetime with his faith along with millions of others. In the story Night by Elie Wiesel, there are many examples of how people struggled to keep faith in the harsh concentration camps and Elie explains these using tone, diction, and characterization. Employing tone, Elie Wiesel explains the theme of loss of faith in his book, Night. For example, towards the beginning of the book when Elie and his family first arrive at the camp, as they are in line , they witness burning pits full of humans and at this moment everyone starts reciting Kaddish. Elie thinks, “Why should I sanctify His name? The Almighty, the eternal and terrible Master of the Universe, chose to be silent”(33). Here Elie has a tone of anger towards God for the cruelty he sees before himself. In …show more content…
One example, is when they hang the young pipel because he does not give any names of people working with his master who has been stashing weapons. After seeing this horror, someone says, “Where is merciful God, where is He?” (64), then later that night Elie thinks, “ That night, the soup tasted of corpses” (65). Both quotes show loss of faith using diction with powerful words like “merciful” and “corpses”. Another example, is on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, they gather for a service, and Elie ponders, “Why, but why would I bless Him? Every fiber in me rebelled” ( 67). As Elie questions his faith to God, he uses the word fiber to recount exactly how much he is against praising Him. Overall, both of the above experiences show struggle with a loss of faith in the book Night using the literary device