This apathetic sentiment even envelops the narrator, as the following quotation demonstrates by showing that Eliezer knew that "the child was still alive when I passed him." Despite this fact, the narrator does nothing to help the child due to his extreme apathy. However, the narrator's apathy is proven most effectively by his silent answer to the question as to God's presence, which the subsequent quotation suggests. "Where is He? Here He is -- He is hanging here on this gallows. . . ." (Wiesel 61-62). This final quotation shows how extreme the apathy is that has taken over Eliezer's perceptions and actions. He does not even believe in God anymore, who he believes is as dead as the child will be who is hanging in front of him. Eliezer's apathy, it seems, has taken a physical toll upon him as well.
At the end of the manuscript, Eliezer believes that he is virtually as dead as the child who was hanged, and as the God who he ceased believing in midway through this novel. Death, of course, symbolizes the most extreme form of apathy, because there is no hope whatsoever for the dead (in the physical sense). Yet due to the all of the devastating events he has witnessed during his life in the Nazi camps, Eliezer feels dead inside. The subsequent passage proves this point quite readily. "One day I was able to get up, after gathering all my strength. I wanted to see myself in the mirror hanging on the opposite wall. I had not seen myself since the ghetto. From the depths of the mirror, a corpse gazed back at me" (Wiesel 108-109). This quotation underscores Eliezer's apathy. He regards the way that he looks and feels as akin to a "corpse." In this ...
Wiesel utilizes Night as a powerful character study of the trait of human nature which largely symbolizes the death of the struggle of the human spirit -- apathy. The author traces this disturbing development within Eliezer by chronicling the start of this feeling within him during his first night in the German death camp, and also by demonstrating his lack of faith in God and the physical toll that such apathy takes upon him. The crux of the matter of this sort of book is that given the circumstances that Eliezer endured, his apathy is really not disturbing at all. What is actually disturbing is that faced with the sort of odds that he goes up against throughout the plot of the novel, his apathy (and that of the other's depicted in the book) is extremely normal.
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Eliezer's apathy, it seems, has taken a physical toll upon him as well.
This is why he fled his adoptive parents' home, and confidently volunteered to solve the riddle of the Sphinx. Because he believed he had the ability to outwit fate he confidently issued a proclamation to Thebes, telling the suffering citizens he would be sure to punish whomever was the cause of the plague -- and unwittingly condemning himself. But in "Oedipus at Colonus," Oedipus is a humbled man. He
"And we, the Jews of Sighet, were waiting for better days, which would not be long in coming now." (Night 5) Even as they were taken to death camps, many Jewish individuals continues to believe that God was with them and that they needed to act in agreement with his plan, despite the fact that it involved them having to suffer. While Wiesel started to doubt God's plan, he continued
In "A Story of an Hour" the protagonist must confront the idea that for her to live, her husband and her conventional, protected domestic existence must die. What has been really killing her is not her weak heart, but her entrapment in misery, and when she is returned to the prison of her misery, she expires -- not of joy, but of the shock that she cannot escape. The
.. We appointed a Jewish Council, a Jewish police, an office for social assistance, a labor committee, a hygiene department -- a whole government machinery. Everyone marveled at it. We should no longer have before our eyes those hostile faces, those hate-laden stares" (Wiesel, p9). Chances of surviving the camps depended largely on whether one was deported to a work camp or a death camp and whether one was of sufficient age
Because Elie Wiesel's Night provides one of the most graphic and intimate accounts of the horrors of the holocaust and the effect it has on the human psyche, it serves as the best primary source that can be used to teaching the Holocaust to a secondary level high school classroom. Not only is it an essential book to read, it serves to move the curriculum forward in teaching students how
The prize is not awarded every year, since 1901 there have been 19 years in which it was determined that no candidate fit the criteria. However, in 1986 Wiesel received the prize because of his continual work towards reminding humanity that violence, repression and racism have no place in the modern world. Since 1958, and the publication of Night, Wiesel continued to write, lecture, and advocate a continual "message