Elie’s religious commitment is an essential feature of who he is. Once he loses his faith in God he is destroyed. Do you agree?
Elie Wiesel’s ‘Night’ is a novel which showcases the story of the Holocaust from a Jewish perspective. ‘Night’ tells the story of how Jewish people were rounded up by the Nazis and placed into concentration camps such as Auschwitz and Buchenwald. Before Elie and all the Jews were rounded up by the Nazis, Elie was one of the most devout Jewish children. Elie’s struggle with faith is one of the most dominant themes in Night. At the beginning of the text, his faith in God is paramount. Elie believed that God was present ...view middle of the document...
Once the Jews had been transported to the concentration camps and Elie knew what a terrible place it was, he found himself questioning how an almighty figure such as God could let this horror happen and not intervene. This is evident when Elie says, “For the first time I felt revolt rise up in me. Why should I bless his name? The eternal, lord of the Universe, the all-powerful and terrible, was silent. What had I to thank him for?” Elie conveys to the reader that God is watching all this horror unfold and yet he is doing nothing to stop it. Elie felt as if God had become a stranger to him, as if he couldn’t trust him anymore and even if he could what would be the point? God isn’t going to come and save the Jews. Other Jews also started to believe that God was cruel and some even believe that he ceased to exist.
Only in the lowest moments of his faith does Elie consider turning his back on God. As he was taught by Moishe the Beadle, faith involves asking the questions in order to find these answers. The fact that Wiesel is willing to ask these questions reflects that he still has a commitment to God. Elie always manages to keep hope and keep fighting for him and his father to survive. All around him, he sees fellow prisoners descending to the deepest depths of selfishness and cruelty, they have been killing their father’s for a piece of bread, but his relationship...