Night by Elie Wiesel
Elie Wiesel Biography
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Summary of Night
"The ghetto was not guarded. One could enter and leave as one pleased. Maria, our former maid, came to see us. Sobbing, she begged us to come with her to village where she had prepared a safe shelter.
My father wouldn't hear of it. He told me and my big sister, 'If you wish, go there. I shall stay here with your mother and the little one...'
Naturally, we refused to be separated."
This quote is significant cause it explains how Elie had a chance to escape the ghetto without being seen. Elie had several missed opportunities to escape. In this quote/passage in particular shows that staying together with family is more important than escaping and having no guarantee who would make it.
"Blessed be God's Name?
Why, but why would I bless Him? Every fiber in me rebelled. Because He caused thousands of children to burn in His mas graves? Because He kept six crematoria working day and night, including Sabbath and the Holy days?... How could I say to Him:Blessed be Thou Almighty, Master of the Universe, who chose us among all nations to be tortured day and night, to watch as our fathers, our mothers, our brothers end up in the furnaces?"
This quote shows Elie taking a turn on his faith in God. He questions why he should praise God's name when he's caused so many horrendous murders. Elie just can't comprehend why such a terrible thing could happen to his friends and people.
- Unjust actions test the faith of others Religion.
- Violence strips the innocence of others.
Book recommendation to readers
"The Frame." : Blessing of the Sun. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Feb. 2014.
Wiesel, Elie, and Marion Wiesel. Night. New York, NY: Hill and Wang, a Division of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006. Print.
"The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity." The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Feb. 2014.