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Night Literrary Essay

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Night, Elie Wiesel: Literary Essay Eliezer's struggle with his faith in god is the main conflict in Elie Wiesel's biographic novel, Night. At the beginning of the story, his faith in god is unconditional. Studies of Talmud teach him that god is everywhere in the world and the fact that where is god everything is good, make him believe unconditionally in an almighty god. Even though he cannot imagine life without faith in god, this strong belief is shaken by his experiences during the Holocaust. Initially, life without believing in god is unimaginable for Eliezer. When asked by Moche the Beagle, why he prays to god, Eliezer answers "Why did I pray? A strange question. Why did I live? Why did I breathe?" ...read more.

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Eliezer's horrifying experiences during the Holocaust had shaken his own faith in god, which is shown in his own use of defying language. On the eve of Rosh Hashanah, when everybody in the camp had gathered together to celebrate, "In every fibre [he] had rebelled" (78) against the god and even asked himself "why should I bless Him?" (78) Eliezer had not only lost his faith and rebelled against god, but also accused god of choosing Jews "from among the races to be tortured day and night" (78). This accusation clearly denies the existence of the god itself, as Jews are taught by Talmud that as long as there is god everything will be taken care of, but the accusations clearly deny god as being good. ...read more.

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Originally, when they all lived in peace and when they weren't affected by the war in any way, Eliezer's belief was unconditional, but as soon as harsh times start getting closer and eventually got there, a change in his faith becomes very obvious. First of all he just starts to have doubtful thoughts, but that soon changes into a denial of god's existence. However, as times turns better he starts to get his faith in god back. The theme Faith in Night is not only used to show how habits change through different paths of life, but I think that it also emphasizes the holocaust and makes it even easier for the reader to imagine the tragedies that had happened to the Jews in the World War II. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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