Elie's Lost Faith Essay

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When people see horrible things around them it’s reasonable for them to blame God for the things that are happening, He is the one that everyone goes to in the time of need. These are a few reasons that God was blamed for the situations that occurred in the Holocaust. These are the same reason why Elie has changed so much throughout this story. From the mere fact that he saw kids being thrown into flames, being separated from his mother and sisters, to the fact that he lost his father. All the horrible things that he had to go through, all the praying he had done in the beginning and for everything to have been the same, without having anyone that could try to stop the situation; Elie practically gave up on God. This didn’t just affect Elie this way; in fact it probably affected thousands of Jew the same way. These are some of the reasons that made Elie lose his faith in God.
In the beginning of the story Elie is very religious. He is always praying and he would usually cry whenever he did. When the Nazis come for all the Jews and they took them to Auschwitz Elie still had faith in God. Elie thought that everything was a mistake and that sooner or later the Nazis would realize that and let all the Jews go back home. But when he saw the children being thrown into the flames it’s like everything changed, and it changed more when he was separated from his mother and sisters. Plus the idea that his mother and sisters were put into the gas chambers and died instantly would have caused a great amount of pain and hatred towards God.
“I couldn’t believe it…the Nazis were killing all the Jews and the world kept quiet”, Elie said. While other Jews believed that if they prayed hard and long enough that everything that would get better, Elie on the other hand...

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