The Symbol Of Faith In Elie Wiesel's Night

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Faith is a significant part of one’s daily life. Everyone endures moments in their life in which situations challenge one’s religious beliefs. In Elie Wiesel’s short novel he bears an immense amount of hardships throughout the Holocaust that test his religious faith. As a young adult, Elie was just beginning to venture into his religious beliefs discovering his personal values and faith; but as he began that journey the German soldiers infiltrated his village. His whole village was soon transported to Auschwitz and divided up between camps. Within the camps Elie stayed alongside his father through vigorous activities and brutal beatings. Throughout those ordeals, the entirety of Elie’s conscience was straying away from the idea that the…show more content…
Within all of Elie Wiesel’s short novel, “Night”, numerous amounts of symbols represent the hopelessness of the Jews that readers witness as they understand the true pain and suffering experienced during the Holocaust. Faith plays a role in everyone’s life, whether that be for one who is highly into their beliefs or not; Elie Wiesel is no exception. Faith is a symbol of strength and perseverance, but throughout Elie’s interminable labors within the camps he put his faith into question. In Elie’s mind, he was becoming emotionally devastated and in turn giving up hope in his Lord. Within the words of Wiesel’s short novel, “Night”, Wiesel said, “. . . there was no longer any reason for me to fast. I no longer accepted God’s silence. As I swallowed my ration of soup, I turned that act into a…show more content…
Kaddish is a prayer said by the Jews in the memory of the dead and within Elie’s short novel, “Night”, Kaddish is recited quite often. Over Elie’s experience in the camp, many of the Jews’ hopes are fading away and that is observed through their reciting of Kaddish. “. . . And three days after he left, we forgot to say Kaddish” (Wiesel, 77). From being tormented and abused in the camps, Jews were losing their faith in their Lord and thus depressing their will to recite Kaddish. Over time, Kaddish was said mindlessly and with no meaning behind it; Elie used the recital of Kaddish to symbolize the hopes and longings of the Jews that had exponentially diminished over time. Throughout the entirety of being in the camps, hopelessness thrived while the aspirations of Jews were being ravaged until there were none

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