Elie Wiesel's "Night"
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This paper explains that Elie Wiesel's "Night" is a harrowing tale of a young boy and his father, who are shipped from their home in Sighet, Transylvania, to the Nazi death camps in Auschwitz and later Buchenwald. The author points out that, while the story is presented as fiction, the book is a true account of Wiesel's experiences as a Jew during the Second World War, demonstrating one boy's struggle with his faith in a world where God has seemed to abandon him: Does God exist for modern man? The paper relates that, even the writing form - short excerpts, vivid details, almost like dreams and snapshots - emphasizes the emotional charge of the bleak "endless night" of the concentration camp experience, which transforms the human individual into an animal being; however, in the incessant lamentation and anger that accompanies Wiesel's theological doubt, there is always an element of faith that springs forth.
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From the Paper:"The absence of God crushes Wiesel's soul as much as the horror around him. He feels the need to find God, to explain why God is so silent. The question repeats itself throughout the book: "Where is God now?" It is followed by the more specific: "What are you, my God?...What does your greatness mean?" Unable to reconcile his belief in a caring, merciful God with his real-life experience of a silent, negligent God, Wiesel turns to his father. His deepest concern in life is to remain close to his father, to not be separated by the constant "selection" of the SS officers, to not let his father become physically weak or to die and leave Wiesel alone. When on the way to Buchenwald he thinks that his father has died, he feels a meaninglessness pervade him and says "there was no more reason to live, no more reason to struggle.""
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