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Night

by Elie Wiesel
Kenan Dzindo
Forest Heights Collegiate Institute
In Night by Elie Wiesels he recreates his shocking experiences as a Jewish boy under
Hitler's control. Wiesel uses examples such as death, hunger, torture, etc to display his days
during WW2. Wiesel's main reason is to describe to the reader the horrifying scenes he has
suffered as a Jew. People reading this today find the actions of Adolf Hitler horrifying and
unbelievable. This book Night truly portrays the experience that Wiesel and his family went
through during the Holocaust. Born on September 30, 1928, in Sighet, Transylvania Elie Wiesel
pursued Jewish religious studies before his family was forced to relocate to Nazi death camps
during WW2. Wiesel and his family were sent to Auschwitz as part of the Holocaust which took
the lives of more than 6 million Jews. Wiesel was very scared for his life. He and his family knew
what the Germans goal was. Wiesel and his family lived in the camps under inhumane
conditions gradually starving and were ultimately freed from Buchenwald in 1945 from his family
only he and two of his sisters survived the Holocaust. Throughout reading this essay you will
truly understand what Wiesel and his family went through.
Wiesel doesnt pray anymore or have any kind of relationship with God. When Wiesel
and his family arrived at Auschwitz for the very first time he was extremely shocked and scared.
He sees all the people around him being tortured and eventually dying. Wiesel then thinks to
himself and for the first time he questions God. Later that same day Wiesel witnesses some of
the most horrifying things he witnesses a hanging of 2 grown adults he then also watched a
young child being hanged in front of everyone which really got to him. Wiesel then asks himself
why God would allow such crimes like this to take place. Wiesel then realizes that the world is a
disgusting and mean place. And the man who allows this is the same man who created us God.
Wiesel then asks himself some questions why would God do this? Whats the meaning of this?
At the end of the day Wiesel somehow has a tad bit of faith left.
After Wiesel stayed at the camp for some time he doesnt help anyone. If Wiesel would
have seen anybody dying getting tortured or just anyone who would have needed assists. When
Wiesel would be working and he saw another man beating a Jew he would simply just ignore it
and look the other way and finish what he would be doing. Wiesel didnt care for people unless it
was his family but he mostly cared for his father Shlomo Wiesel. The only true reason Wiesel
was staying alive was because of his father. If his father died so did Wiesel. If Wiesel died so did
his father. The main reason Wiesel didnt help any others at the camp is that he would of
probably been shot by the Nazis for helping them. When he first arrived at the camp Wiesel was
surrounded with death it was haunting him and it was truly sad but the longer Wiesel stayed
there the less he cared about the people who are dying.

When Wiesel runs toward the camp at the end of the book and when the Russians are
very close. Hundreds of people fall down when they hear an insane amount of shots. The cold
weather kills many and many people because they werent clothed right. While everyone was
dying of the weather Wiesel was just focusing on himself and his life. Wiesel was not aware that
hundreds of people were just dying around him. For example when Wiesel father is dying he
doesnt go to see him when his father was shouting his name. Wiesel father was sick and weak
and also dying. Wiesel knew that he wasnt going to make it out alive that night. When his father
calls Wiesel he doesn't even see him he doesnt know why. Maybe it was to survive. At the end
Wiesel completely changes. He doesnt trust or believe in God anymore nor did he care about
the people who died around him daily. Wiesel blames God for everything that happened. Elie
Wiesel is now alone in the world he has no Dad, no Mother and all his sisters are gone.

I pray to the God within me that He will give me the strength to ask Him the right questions.
-Elie Wiesel, Night
One more stab to the heart, one more reason to hate. One less reason to live. Elie Wiesel,
Night