Night by Elie Wiesel

Made by Bella Artman

Their Lives In Camps

The time that those who lived in the concentration camps was torture for them; they witnessed things that no one should ever have to see or go through. These camps changed Elie, almost numbing him. He ceased to feel emotions like fear. He became selfish and lost all faith, blaming everything on God. While some prisoners felt the same way, others never lost faith. They were stripped of everything except for their minds, yet some let that be taken away too. Families were ripped apart either in the camps or just in registration. Some people, having lost their families, formed relationships with others to make new ones, while others chose not to become close to anyone so they would not have to go through the pain of losing another loved one. The camps changed countless lives yet also lost so many.

Themes

In the novel Night by Elie Weisel, many themes are expressed. One theme was of Elie's struggle to maintain faith in God. At the beginning, he told of how he believed in a benevolent God, but as he spent more time in the concentration camps, he began losing faith because of the atrocities he witnessed. He began hating God for allowing these things to happen to his children and not doing anything about it. Yet, the struggle did not erase his belief, but (when realized later) made it stronger.


Another theme is silence. This theme is shown when the prisoners question God, they get nothing but silence and how God is silent while innocent lives are being taken. The theme is also shown shown when the prisoners were silent and passive while horrible things happened around them. Elie's writing of the Night was a way to break the silence and tell the world of what happened there.


An additional theme is the importance of familial bonds, or in Elie's case, bonds with his father. He tells of how others mistreat their fathers and how selfish they become to do so, but later he begins the feel the same selfishness as he blames his father for being beaten for not being strong enough. He later regrets it when he realizes that he is dependent on his father for a reason to live.

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Elie Weisel

What It Reveals About Me as A Human

Night showed me many things about humanity. I feel it revealed that I would not have the strength to live through the physical and emotional torture that these people went through. As we read the book, I never hated the people that gave up or the people that did not speak out, but I empathized with them knowing that they are a million times stronger than I could ever be. These people (and pardon my language) literally went through Hell and I know that I would not last a single bit. The book showed that humanity can be completely cruel while at the same time utterly compassionate, and how this diversity can be deadly.