"Night" Elie Wiesel

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“Night” Essay The autobiography “Night”, by Elie Wiesel, is a personal and historical account of the Holocaust in World War II. In a recent interview, Elie Wiesel said his experiences at the camps gradually wore him down and almost killed him. There are several examples that points to this decline and they are Madame Schachter, the boy that was hung, and babies on fire. The first example is Madame Schachter. In the ghettos, she would scream about a fire every once in awhile. The Jews in the ghettos thought she went insane and crazy because her husband and her two eldest sons had been deported. [“The separation had completely broken her.” pg.22] This shows that Elie might be in the same position as Madame Schachter when they arrive to the concentration camps. Besides Madame Schachter, Elie was affected by seeing babies burned. The second example was when Elie witnessed babies being burned in the crematory. [“I pinched my face. Was I still alive? Was I awake? I could not believe it. How could it be possible for them to burn people, children, and for the world to keep silent? No, none of this could be true. It was a nightmare....” pg.30] This shows that Elie could not believe his eyes that he is actually caught a glimpse of this horrific scene. He was beyond shock that this world could be so cruel. Also, his faith in God slowly began to fade. How could God be so ruthless and let babies burn to death? Besides the babies, Elie observed a boy being hung. Lastly, Elie watched a young boy being hung. [“Behind me, I heard that same man asking?: ‘Where is God now?’ And I heard a voice within me answer him: ‘Where is HE? Here He is----He is hanging here on this gallows....’ That night the soup tasted of corpses.” pg.62] This proves that his faith in God had vanished more. He had

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