Essay for Night by Elie Wiesel.

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Submitted: May 21, 2013

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Tristan Cox Due:Wednesday 22nd of May   Beaconsfield High School
Miss. Hayes grade 9 English Class
Essay for Night by Elie Wiesel
What characteristics did Elie compromise in order to survive?
In a 600-800 word essay I will present the reason why and what characteristic Elie compromised in order to survive. I have 6 arguments on what he compromised and what he would do and say about his God.
Elie Wiesel is taken from his home town in Sighet, Transylvania. In the year of 1944, Elie is sent by cattle car to the death camp of Auschwitz in Poland. He remains their until he is rescued by the army of the Soviet Union. Elie enters with his father, Chlomo Wiesel, his mother Sarah Feig and his 3 sisters. Only Elie manages to come out alive.
 
Paragraph 1) Elie and his faith with God
Usually on certain Jewish holidays Jews must fast as is part of the ceremony. Elie would always respect this and so would his family. He would not eat for the day and then when in time for evening dinner they would eat a large meal. They did this as part of their religion and did this to respect their God. Well while he is the camp he does not care anymore. He will eat whenever he got food. They got so little that missing out on 1 meal could mean game over. So imagine not eating for the whole day. Already they starve everyday and are feed only just enough to keep alive. Elie is trying to keep alive because of his father. So Elie eats on the holidays just like his father to keep his chances of living alive. He also looses faith in his God. He asks himself why his God is doing this to his own people. Is he mad at them? Have they wronged him? According to Elie God is the master of the universe. Before Elie is introduced to the camp, he believes his God will protect him from anything and from all the horrible things that are rumored to be true. Hitler, trying to wipe out the Jews. Elie does not think the rumors are actually true and even when Moishe the Beadle warns the people of Sighet that the Nazi’s are coming he still does not believe. When Elie and his family lives in the large ghetto, then small ghetto he still believes in his God and that he has a valid reason for what he is currently doing. Same thing in the cattle car. They think they will be going somewhere good. But as time in the camp progresses and starts to think that God is evil and does not care for his people anymore. 
Paragraph 2) Elie does not pray anymore or have a relationship with God anymore.
When Elie arrived at the camp for the first time and he sees all the peoples being tortured and dying around him he starts to think "For the first time, I felt revolt rise up in me. Why should I bless His name? The Eternal, Lord of the Universe, the All-Powerful and Terrible, was silent. What had I to thank Him for" (31)? When Elie witnesses the hanging of the 2 adults, he felt no remorse. They were adults. They committed a crime and now they die. But when the child was hung, he felt sad and sorrowful. His faith continues to dwindle. Elie does not pray toward the middle of the book anymore. Daily his faith dwindles and his relationship with God gets smaller and smaller. When Elie asks himself “Why an almighty God would allow such horrible crimes to take place” He sees that the holocaust brings out the worst of cruelty and selfishness our of everybody. Not just the Nazi’s but Wiesel fellow inmates as well. He realizes the world is a horrible, disgusting and cruel place and the God who allows this to happen must be equally cruel and or not even exist. However when the end comes, Elie emerges with still a little bit of his faith intact.
Paragraph 3) Elie and the other prisoners.
As part of him changing and surviving Elie does not help anybody he sees dying or that is in a need of help. When he would see a person being beaten or that has just been beaten by a Kappo Elie just looks the other way and goes on with his business. He does not really care for that person unless it was his father. Elie only stays alive because of his dad. If his dad died then so would Elie. If Elie died then so would his dad. So Elie minds his own business because if he helps another Jew he will probably be shot. At first all the death around him is haunting and it is truly sad, but as time passes he soon does not care for the people who die. When he runs to the camp at the end of the book and when the Russians are only days away, hundreds of people fall down and then shots are heard. The cold and the tiredness kill many many people but Elie just concentrates on his life. In a way you could say Elie is oblivious to the death around him.  Like when his father is dying. Elie does not go see him when his father cried out to him. His dad was sick, weak and dying. Elie knew that he was going to die that night. When his dad calls to him Elie does not see him. I don’t know why. Maybe it was to survive.
 
In the end Elie has completely changed. He does not trust or believe in his God anymore. He does not care about the people who die around him daily and nor does he stop to help them. He blames this on God. When the Russians rescue the camp, Elie is now alone in the world. No dad, no mother, and his sisters are all gone. 
 


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