Night Elie Wiesel Theme

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Elie Weisel grew up during the time of the Holocaust, and survived being tortured mentally and physically in the Auschwitz, Poland concentration camps. Under Hitler’s reign, he watched half of his family die practically in front of his face. Weisel expresses his voice and his memories in his novel, Night. These memoirs concrete the memories and document the time in which Elie turned from an innocent 14 year-old boy to a grief stricken and heart hardened man. His story begins in the year 1944, in his home town of Sighet, Transylvania where soon after, he and his family are deported by the Nazis. All of these things, he experienced starting at the age of only 14 years old. God is a major theme from the beginning of his story; God is first…show more content…
When Moshe was taken to his deportation, he returns to Sighet and finds Elie. He tells Elie “I wanted to come back to Sighet to tell you the story of my death” (Chapter 1, p 5). As previously stated, one of the first scenes at the concentration camp was that of babies being thrown into a smoldering trench and sub-sequentially killing them. The smell of incinerating flesh from the crematories was also a distinct observation of death. The Jews are all fully aware of their fate at this point; "Someone began to recite the Kaddish, the prayer for the dead. I do not know if it has ever happened before, in the long history of the Jews, that people have ever recited the prayer for the dead for themselves." (Chapter 3, p 31). Also, when Elie and his father, Chlomo, decide to lie about their ages to the SS guards they are classified as healthy and able to work. By doing this they were allowed to stay together, Elie added four years to his life and Chlomo took a decade off of his. When the two men were escorted to their line of processing, they say goodbye to two of their female family members. Elie, never again will see his mother, or his youngest sister Tzipora. His final view of these two loved ones was that of his mother reassuring his seven year old sister by stroking her hair. One could only assume that the women were killed in the crematories. Death is everywhere in Elie’s story and in his mind. Everything about Auschwitz has a remnant of death, not just mortals dying but innocence and reality as these Jews know are extinguished. Along with these things, he also identifies God as dying inside of them. He witnesses a thirteen year old boy die on the gallows one morning before breakfast. Because of this young man’s size it takes him nearly thirty minutes to die. Elie can not help but empathize with him because they are similar in age and stature;
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