The Inevitable Journey In Elie Wiesel's Night

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In the memoir, Night, author Elie Wiesel shares his life experience with the Holocaust. Throughout the memoir Wiesel takes us on an unforgetable journey. We witness the miracles of life, and understand the horrors of man. The once innocent young man, becomes disconnected from his spirituality, because of the complete annihilation of this faith.
At the start of this memoir, we see young Elie devoted to studying the Talmud, with the yearning desire to study the Kabbalah. With Elie’s fascination he finds himself a spiritual leader, Moishe the Beadle. The enigmatic words of Moshe seem to guide Elie through the beginning of his journey,”I pray to the God within me for the strength to ask Him the real question.”(pg.5) This all changed when Wiesel was taken to Auschwitz. Seeing his friends, neighbors, and even his family be beat down and killed changed Elie. Elie began to blame himself for the death of the people, and even began to question himself. During his time of question Elie asked himself,”Why should I sanctify His name? The Almighty, the eternal and terrible Master of the Universe, chose to be silent. What was there to thank Him for?”(pg.33) At this point of Elie’s life his faith in spirituality has been completely stripped away from him, and the only thing left for him was
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After experiencing the atrocities Wiesel had to endure it is common to live in a permanent state of psychosis. There are many factors that led to the weakened mental state of Wiesel, the most noticeable being the death of himself. Although Elie did not physically die the person he once was was completely gone and the person lying before him was a new fragile being. Wiesel acknowledges his metaphorical death with the lines in his memoir,”From the depths of the mirror, a corpse was contemplating me. The look in his eyes as he gazed at me has never left me.”(pg 115) With a complete lose in faith, Elie became reliant on the words of his father to guide