Wiesel's Transformation Essay

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The book Night by Eliezer Wiesel displays the true story of the firsthand accounts Wiesel went through as a Jew in several concentration camps. The book takes you through Wiesel’s journey from his placement into a slum all the way up to his liberation by the Allies. Wiesel lived in Sighet and the story takes place in the year 1944, Wiesel describes his community as a calm, close nit community that’s optimism led to their capture by the Nazis. Wiesel writes this book to show the effects a prisoner in the holocaust went through. He also wrote this to try to educate people in a way that excited the audience and make them really feel the emotion behind the words. The devastation the prisoners ...view middle of the document...

This relationship starts to develop a darker side to it when Wiesel’s father’s health starts to deteriorate because Wiesel starts to think that his father as a liability since Wiesel now takes responsibility for two people. Dougherty, a writer who analyzed the book Night explains this very well by saying “Wiesel is haunted by a desire to abandon his father, and is filled with doubts about his own ability to keep the covenant between them” (Dougherty 1). This shows that the relationship between the two deteriorates as time moves on showing that they became separable unlike their time at the beginning of their journey through camps. This desire stays around, but Wiesel proves that their relationship’s strength because he continues to help and stay with his father until death eventually breaks them apart.
Wiesel also goes through a transformation in his religious beliefs after his arrival in the concentration camps. Wiesel’s beliefs are put to the ultimate test during this time of horror and extreme misery. Wiesel constantly studies religious readings and devotes massive amounts of time to his religion before his relocation into the camps. Wiesel describes his day and it contains tons of religious events, for example he studies the book of Jewish law by day and when night falls goes to pray in the temple (Wiesel 3). Wiesel’s deep love for his religion gets put to the test when Wiesel reaches the camps, because the events that go on there are devised by the most evil of people. It becomes impossible to keep religion in your life when Nazis use babies as targets for guns daily and the guards treat people worse than dead animals. Wiesel’s faith fails him and he lives in the camp with no hope of a God or an afterlife. His religious faith vanishes when the Nazis hang the child and Wiesel believes that God got hung from the gallows that day (Wiesel 65). This statement means that to him God doesn’t exist and that God died when the Nazis condemned the little boy to public execution. The loss of his faith leaves Wiesel with nothing, but his father making their relationship even stronger and more important to keep. With the loss of religious faith Wiesel no longer resembles his personality before the camps making him feel like a totally different person.
Wiesel’s emotional and psychological mind gets ripped to shreds, and he becomes a desensitized zombie at the end of the story. The beginning of the story neglects to give a lot of insight into Wiesel’s mind but the story fails to show anything other than Wiesel acting emotionally stable. When Wiesel first gets to the camp he immediately receives emotional torment, because he sees all of the horrible acts done for the first time. This emotional stress makes him contemplating suicide, but decides not...

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