God By Elie Wiesel Analysis

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God? Night is a dramatic book that tells horror and evil of the concentration camps that many were imprisoned in during World War II. In book Night the author, Eliezer Wiesel, is only fifteen years old when his faith is tested by the horrors of the Holocaust. His identity and possessions are taken from him in the darkest hours in his life. Ten years after he is liberated from the concentration camp, Eliezer writes the novel Night about his endeavors throughout the Holocaust and the effects on his faith. Later on, Eliezer also create the article “A Prayer for the Days of Awe” to explain his faith revelation from after the Holocaust. In Eliezer’s novel and the article there are many similarity such as he cannot understand why God has let…show more content…
For example in the novel he blames everything on God but in the article Elie realized everything was man’s fault. As the novel Night goes on, Eliezer is more angered and disappointed by what he sees every day in the concentration camps. “For God’s sake, where is God” (Night 65). When the pipel, a young child, is hung in front of the whole camp, Elie feels that it is his God who is hanging on the gallows, which symbolizes that is God who put them in this. Later on in the article Elie realizes that God did not do anything wrong. “…Auschwitz was not something that came down ready-made from heaven. It was conceived by men, implemented by men, staffed by man” (Wiesel 2). After all these years of thinking, he realizes everything is man’s fault. Everything can be avoided neither with God nor without…show more content…
In his childhood, Elie Wiesel was a boy who expects more of God then human beings. He spends lots of time studying the Talmud and dreams one day he can study the Kabala. “By day I studied Talmud and by the night I would run to the synagogue to weep over the destruction of the Temple” (Night 3). At that time Elie believes God would protect his people from anything and God is everything and everywhere. However, because of all these terrible things happening in the concentration camp that filled Elie with disappointment and anger, Elie realizes his faith is not unadulterated any more in the article. “But my faith was no longer pure. How could it be? It was filled with anguish rather than fervor, with perplexity more than piety… In the kingdom of eternal night, on the Days of Awe, which are the Days of Judgment, my traditional prayers were directed to you as well as against you, Master of the universe. What hurt me more: your absence or your silence” (Wiesel 1). At the end, Elie is not that little 12 years old boy who thinks God is everything anymore, he becomes angry and disappoint at God for not protecting His people. Elie’s faith is not pure anymore compare in the beginning of the novel. “Faith and prayer are the vitamins of the soul; man cannot live in health without them,”(Mahlia Jackson). Faith can plays a really big role in people’s soul and helps people go though their life. It is shown throughout both novel Night and
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