Eliezer Wiesel's Relationships

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Elie Wiesel was a young boy, when his life changed drastically. He was born in Sighet, Transylvania, which is now Romania. He was born to Shlomo and Sarah, which they had four children, Hilda, Bea, Tsiporah, and Eliezer. Wiesel and his family practiced the Jewish religion, before he was forced into the concentration camps. In the novel Night, Elie Wiesel had a strong belief in God. When Elie and his family were sent off to the concentration camps, he tested his belief in God. In the novel Night, “Wiesel's childhood faith in the goodness and promise of God was forever shattered when as a young boy he was deported along with his family from their native Transylvania to Auschwitz. Arriving at Auschwitz Wiesel learned what Dostoevsky in his own time knew, that the sin against the child is the only unforgivable sin, for it indicts not only man but man's creator. Echoing Dostoevsky, he writes: “A Child who dies becomes the center of the universe: stars and meadows die with him.”” (Idinopulos). In the novel Night, “His relationship to God is similarly disrupted. Immediately, Job-like, Eliezer begins to question the justice of God. How could God allow good people to suffer so” (Estees)? For example, Elie says, “An icy wind was blowing violently. But we marched without faltering. The SS made us increase our pace. “Faster, you tramps, you flea-ridden dogs!””. For example this is making them feel degraded and believe that God is not with them anymore (Wiesel 85). Elie Wiesel felt, “In Night, the relationship between God and man is first questioned and then reversed: God becomes the guilty one who has transgressed and who deserves to be on trial. God, not man, has broken His promises and betrayed His people” (Estees). As a strong belie... ... middle of paper ... ...998. Literature Resources from Gale. Web. 15 Jan. 2014 Idinopulos, Thomas A. "The Holocaust in the Stories of Elie Wiesel." Responses to Elie Wiesel. Persea Books, 1978. 115-132. Rpt. in Contemporary Literary Criticism Select. Detroit: Gale, 2008. Literature Resources from Gale. Web. 15 Jan. 2014 Sibelman, Simon P. "Elie(zer) Wiesel." Holocaust Novelists. Ed. Efraim Sicher. Detroit: Gale, 2004. Dictionary of Literary Biography Vol. 299. Literature Resources from Gale. Web. 15 Jan. 2014. Wiesel, Elie. Night. New York, NY: Hill and Wang, a Division of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006. Print. Winters, Kelly. "Critical Essay on Night." Nonfiction Classics for Students: Presenting Analysis, Context, and Criticism on Nonfiction Works. Ed. David M. Galens, Jennifer Smith, and Elizabeth Thomason. Vol. 4. Detroit: Gale, 2002. Literature Resources from Gale. Web. 15 Jan. 2014.

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