Night Written by: Elie Wiesel
Prepared by: Surya Raviraj
World War II
Summary of Night
As Eliezer struggles to survive against starvation and abuse, he also grapples with the destruction of his faith in God’s justice and battles with the darker sides of himself. Forced into a desperate situation, Eliezer feels a conflict between supporting his ever weakening father and giving himself the best chance of survival. When the Nazi move him and his Dad over to Buna they face greater danger, and a few days later Elie's father dies. Elie is forced to survive on his own with no guidance from his older ones.
- Silence - There was nobody to mingle with and it was always silent.
- Struggle to maintain faith in God - Elie almost lost faith in God because an innocent child was getting killed and no one was doing anything to stop it.
- Inhumanity Towards other humans - All the Nazis were hitting people to death and treating them with no respect.
- family bonds - Elie was with his dad the whole journey except the last part of it because he died.
Quotes that impacted me
This quote is brought up at the end of the book when he is leaving from the ghettos in Buna and it shows how the holocaust had a significant effect on him. This entails that although he is one of the lucky people to survive the holocaust he is essentially dead because he had to endure all the horrible experiences of killing innocent children.
2. “Where is God? Where is He?” someone behind me asked. ..
For more than half an hour [the child in the noose] stayed there, struggling between life and death, dying in slow agony under our eyes. And we had to look him full in the face. He was still alive when I passed in front of him. His tongue was still red, his eyes were not yet glazed. Behind me, I heard the same man asking: “Where is God now?” (Wiesel 60)
This quote brought up in the middle of the book when Elie sees a young boy slowly die because he was acting against the Nazis. This connects with the major theme of the book, the struggle to maintain faith in yourself and in God. Elie, before he left was a significant believer in God but during the holocaust, not so much.