Night Essay

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Night, a non-fictional Nobel Prized book written by Elie Wiesel was based on his personal experience during the WWII Holocaust. Elie, a fifteen year old Jewish boy, exerted great emphasis in how dreadful and discontented his feelings were, suppressing every blow and horror. The concentration camps were made to break and destroy men’s thoughts, leaving it hard to start relationships. The holocaust killed at an approximation of sixty-million people. Throughout Night, there were many scenes where Jews depended on God to rescue them. Jewish believers who relied on God only led themselves to mass traumatization and eventually lost the will to live and this left the leaving people who rebelled against God stronger for survival.

The belief of God only proved to be an interference and millstone to survival, as to prisoners, who quickly lost faith, proved to be less traumatized by the SS officer’s barbaric acts on mankind. As the Jews endured through the executions, tortures and abuses, they started doubting God’s existence. Feeling anguished, abandonment, and depressed, the Jews suspected that their God had abandoned them but Jewish traditions such as Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah were still carried out during the concentration camps. After a while, the Jews believed that God has really abandoned them, weakening the believers with no hopes to survive. Often, the phrase Yisgadal, veyiskadash, shmey raba, could be heard from inmates praying for each other, as a prayer of death. One example is Akiba Drumer. As a strong Jewish believer, he experienced great internal pain, and grew weak as God became distant from him. People like Elie, who lost faith after arriving shortly arriving in the concentration camps, did not have to deal with feelings or actions to God. Elie described that he no longer pleaded for anything and was no longer able to lament. He felt very strong and felt even more determined to survive. Without love or mercy, he expressed that he himself was stronger than the Almighty to whom his life had been bound for so long. By not following God’s tradition, Elie did not have to do any religious traditions like fasting which could harm him physically too. As Elie could stay stronger mentally and physically by doubting God and his powers, there will always be arguments if it was the right decision.

Acknowledging that Eliezer’s decision on abandoning God was inappropriate to his belief, this act not only was necessary for him to survive but also to stay strong to the end. One could say that defying God is the worst thing a Jew could do, ironically, this decision helped more than damage Elie’s survival. Elie also described that he felt a great void opening as he bit on the bread during Yom Kippur. Based from the book, Elie foresees survival as the...

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