Night By Elie Wiesel Reflection Paper

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Throughout the Holocaust, there are numerous examples of change happening in the life of Elie Wiesel. Because of all the terror and cruelty that he went through, Elie presents a clear image of transformation in his book, Night. As readers, it is eligible to see the methods and effects of his transformation. During the Holocaust, Wiesel changes from a spiritual, sensitive little boy to a spiritually dead, unemotional man. As the book begins, Elie introduces himself as a spiritual, young boy with a bashful personality. He begins his voyage in the mindset that all good comes from God. Such thought is inferred when he is asked, “Why do you weep when you pray?...because of something inside me that felt the need for tears”(Wiesel, 2). Through the…show more content…
Elie faces an image of his personal reality and denies the right for justification of God for His absence during this catastrophe and rebels against the God. Such is seen when he states, “This day I had ceased to plead. I was no longer capable of lamentation. On the contrary, I felt very strong. I was the accuser, God the accused. My eyes were open and I was alone---terribly alone in a world without God and without man”(Wiesel, 65). Elie acknowledges the fact that he is no longer going to be eligible to plead to God for salvation, a God that put His people through hell. Instead, he finds himself abandoned and turned against God, leaving him spiritually dead from the presence of Him. Equally, Elie discovers himself confronting a problem with his father’s death, which ultimately, leads him with losing the hope for survival. Being the only one who kept Elie alive, Elie loses his father and says, “I did not weep, and it pained me that I could not weep. But I had no more tears...After my father’s death, nothing could touch me any more”(Wiesel, 106-107). The death of someone, especially a loved one, is something that happens unfortunately in everyone’s lives causing pain, which could be expressed through tears, but for Elie, he was not able to express his feelings through tears. Therefore, an assumption of being emotionally dead is pictured in Elie’s final moments in the concentration camps. Because of this, Elie accomplishes making a complete turn in his spiritual and emotional position from being lively, and joyful to being dead on the

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