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Night

A word cycle for the novel "NIGHT"
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Kelsey Gebert

on 20 May 2011

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Night maintain Faith humanity struggle victims physical During the novel Night, the victims of the Holocaust try desperately to maintain their faith in God. Akiba Drummer explains why this is happening to encourage people to keep their faith, "God is testing us. He wants to find out whether we can dominate our base instincts and kill the Satan within us. We have no right ot despair. And if he punishes us relentlessly, it's a sign that he loves us all the more." It's hard to maintain faith during hardships and when life is falling to pieces. Like, today, a lot of people are out of jobs but, they try to maintain faith that they will get one. Elie Wiesel struggles to maintain his faith in God, we see as the novel begins that he is a child of the book, "I was twelve. I believed profoundly. During the day I studied the Talmud, and at night I ran to the synagogue to weep over the destruction of the Temple." But, as the story progresses he begins to doubt, "Why but, why should I bless Him? In every fiber I rebelled." Today many people struggle with faith, they doubt and change their minds, they decide to live the way they want because they are not sure that there really is a God, I know afriend who used to be a devout christian but after her parents divorced, she swore that there wasn't a God. We see in the novel how the victims of the Holocaust struggled to stay alive, they even went to the point of killing loved ones for food, "...you're hurting me... you're killing your own father! I've got some bread... for you too... for you too..." It's sad because in a lot of african countries it comes down to killing loved one to stay alive as well, it's sad. In the novel, the Holocaust victims are victims of humanity, because people are letting it happen, and humanity is inflicting this upon them , "Humanity? Humanity is not concerned with us. Today anything is allowed. Anything is possible, even these crematories." Today, I believe everyone is a victim of humanity, because of the crimes commited against people by people, like murder, rape, and assult. At the end of the novel, Elie describes how he looks physically, this is what humanity did to him and to millions of people, "From the depths opf the mirror, a coprse gazed back at me." The nazis brutally abused them and starved them making them look like walking corpses. Humanity affects the physical appearance of people, a couple of years ago a man wanted revenge but did not want to kill so he disfigured his wife's face for cheating on him. Humanity is cruel in nature. In Night, Elie and the other try to maintain their physical strength and appearance so they could pass the selection and just live. In order to do that they had to eat in such a way that they could survive without deplinishing it all in one swallow,"In my pocteks I had two pieces of bread. With how much pleasure I could have eaten them! But I was not allowed to. Not yet." People don't realize it but there are many homeless and starving Americans, many go to the shelter, and what little food they are given they make it last. This also goes for families who cannot afford much food, whatever they have they make it last as long as possible and eat just enough to live, its not life or death always but hunger and poverty. This symbol shows the struggle in which they endured to maintain their faith even though humanity put the behind barbed wire, the jews were victims and endured physical brutality.
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