Night Elie Wiesel Character Analysis

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During 1933-1945, eleven million people died in an event known as the Holocaust. In 1945, two out of three European Jews had been murdered. Fortunately, Elie Wiesel was not one of them. Elie and his family were sent to Birkenau, a concentration camp in southern Poland. Elie and his two older sisters survived, but his younger sister, mother, and father passed away. “Night” (by Elie Wiesel) is a novel about Elie’s struggles during the Holocaust. In the novel, the main character is affected by the events in the story because his identity was stripped away, his father’s mental and physical health diminished, and his personal faith in God slowly changed. Elie Wiesel was affected by the events in the book because his identity, personality, and uniqueness was stripped away. On page 35 in “Night”, Elie exclaimed, “Our clothes were to be thrown on the floor at the back of the barrack. There was a pile there …show more content…
However, his experiences haunted him until the day he died. Elie was deeply affected by his loss of personal identity, his father’s declination of health, and his state of religion during the Holocaust. His name and clothes were stolen, his father died in a terrible place, and Elie eventually lost all faith in God. However, he lived to the age of eighty-seven with a happy and positive attitude considering the harsh reality he experienced. At the beginning of the novel, Elie was a happy, carefree young boy, but at the end, he transformed into a lifeless clone who didn’t believe in himself. Auschwitz changed his life. The Holocaust must be forever remembered. The future generations must never let this tragic event happen again. “I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” – Elie