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"The Eternal Night" Essay Describing The Difference In Eliezers Reactions To The Two Hangings, In The Book "Night" By Elie Wiesel.

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During the Holocaust in which millions of Jewish men and women were deemed fit for death by a prejudice. As told in "Night" by Elie Wiesel; Eliezer, a young boy from Sighet was forced to endure one of mankind's most horrendous atrocities. He witnessed the daily suffering and death of humans during his time in the Nazi concentration camps. He had grown apathetic to the withering away of mortal life. However, his reaction to the sad-eyed angel being strung upon the gallows was unique in which the 'angel' was a symbol of his own silent god dying at the merciless hands of Nazi Germany.The God in Night is described as a silent, un-wavered being, impassively gazing down upon his followers as they suffered and died calling out for his help. Despite his deity being "the Eternal, Lord of the Universe, the All-Powerful and Terrible, [he] was silent." (Page 31) Eliezer and the other Jewish people cry out for Gods aid and mercy. However, their pleas were left unanswered. The God in night did not save his followers from certain death; he remained muted while they cried out for his help. Despite the fact that he was an omnipotent being capable of anything, he did nothing as those who depended upon him for mercy were answered with silence.During the time Eliezer spent in the camps he was present for many hangings. In particular was the execution of a young man from Warsaw. As the death sentenced sliced through the air the man "cried in a clam strong voice: 'Long live liberty!'" (Page 59) He spoke out against the Nazis while the God above remained ever watchful, un-wavering and silent. Eliezer was unmoved by the execution, instead he notices that "the soup [was] excellent that evening." (Page 60) Eliezers detachment from the death of another human shows itself in aloof his speech is when he spoke of the soup. The death of the youth meant little to him. Thousands of humans died daily, their deaths were a...

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