Eliezer Wiesel went through many different trials and tribulations during the time known as the Holocaust. His faith in God was tested, his emotions were wrecked, and his body was put to the test. All throughout Wiesel’s memoir, Night, the story of these changes are written down. He and the many others in the camp were all changed permanently. Elie is a strong man to have faced all of those things, yet he was still changed.
When the story first began Eliezer was very strong in his faith. He spent most of his time studying the Talmud, and dreamt of one day studying the Cabala. After he and his family reached Auschwitz is when Elie began to lose his faith in God. Day after day they were forced to work. Everyday people collapsed from exhaustion and hunger. Along with that, he had to witness his own people be killed thoughtlessly through the Nazi’s horrid methods. The young boy who once firmly believed in God and his existence now questioned it. He once asked, “Why should I bless His name? The Eternal, Lord of the Universe, the All-Powerful and Terrible, was silent.”(31) Elie did not understand why his own God would let this happen. Elie quickly went from a devout young boy to one who doubted God’s existence entirely.
Elie’s father had always been the one that was in charge. Not only was he father to his family, but he was like a father to the community of Sighet, too. When Elie and his father first reached the prison camps, his father instructed that Elie not draw any attention to himself. His father still played a patriarchal role in the camps, for the other prisoners came to him. By the time they reached Buchenwald, Elie was now the “patriarch”. Elie would not let his father die in the cold snow and tried to assure him that he would be in a bed soon. His father had a fever and requested water from Elie. Eliezer knew his father must not drink, but he let him drink anyways so he would not let him down. Elie had taken the role of responsibility from his...