Night by Elie Wiesel

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Interpretation Elie Wiesel went through many internal and external conflicts during the time he spent at the concentration camps. These conflicts can be broken down into three main categories; conflicts with others, conflicts with faith, and conflicts with the environment. Wiesel wrote about these conflicts in his memoir titled Night. There are many people, such as the Nazi soldiers, who oppose Elie and the rest of the Jews. Elie also questions how there can be a God when the Nazis are so cruel. Finally, Elie struggles a lot with the cold, hunger, and sleep deprivation. The most obvious conflicts Elie encounters are with other characters. There are too many examples to name; Elie is targeted by the dentist, he fights with Franek, and he has many other serious encounters. One example that sticks out in the book is when Elie hears, “Men to the left! Women to the right!” (pg. 27) This is when Elie begins to hate the Nazis. Once they separate his family, he no longer has any room in his heart for them. Although these conflicts tore apart Elie’s life, there were many other conflicts he had to deal with. Another type of conflict Elie went through was questions of faith. Before Elie was taken to the camps, he was a firm believer in God. He was an avid student and spent many hours studying the Torah and all aspects of his religion. Once he realized how cruel people were, he began to question his belief in God. He wonders how any God can allow these things to happen. One prominent example is when Elie writes, “I did not deny God’s existence, but I doubted His absolute justice.” (pg. 42) This quote came after Elie saw the young boy being hanged. Elie questioned how a God could let such a thing happen in his presence. Despite all of these problems, there were still more problems Elie had to deal with. The third type of conflicts he went through was with the
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