Eliezer Faith in God ( Night by Elie Wiesel )
- Date:Jul 23, 2019
Eliezer’s relationship with God is a major theme in the book that drives the internal transformation of the main character. As the boy faces the terrible realities of the Holocaust, readers are given an opportunity to trace the development of the boy, who is changing from an extremely devout and faithful Jewish child to doubting individual, disappointed with everything he thought about the God before. It appears that through the character of Eliezer, who represents the Elie Wiesel himself, one can see how the atrocities, which Wiesel cannot put up with, make him to change attitudes towards the God. Subsequently, he has to cope with the challenge to reevaluate the value of the God and make sense of his psychological conversion.
From the first acquaintance with Eliezer it becomes clear that he is full of faith, which is absolute of unquestionable. He has no doubts concerning the benevolence of the God and is fascinated by his transcendence. Totally involved in studying his teachings, Eliezer thoroughly reads the Talmud and becomes deeply and sincerely impressed by the knowledge he gets. It is obvious that the faith and the life of the boy are intemperately connected and he has no intention of questioning the relevance of this connection. “Why did I pray?. Strange question. Why did I breathe? Why did I live?”.(Wiesel) Subsequently, Eliezer believes that the God is everywhere and everything is a reflection of his power and holiness.
The first sights of the terrible atrocities of the Holocaust bring a substantial change into Eliezers faith, who cannot imagine how everything he witnesses could be a product of the Gods divine power and will. Before the events, the main character cherished the view that the God is rightful protector of people. He could punish a person, but what he did was to serve the higher good. “If God wants to see us suffer, it is because we deserve it.”(Wiesel) In contrast, the realities of Holocaust expose to Eliezer that the good is cruel and there is no justification of the atrocities that happen. Therefore comes the doubt of the Gods just: “My eyes had opened and I was alone, terribly alone in a world without god.” (Wiesel) Since then, the faith of the boy is undermined forever.
An important point is that even after Wiesel became disappointed with the God, he did not deny his existence, but rather his attitude changes. Through the words of Eliezer Wiesel explains that he is no longer confident that the God acts on behalf of people. Thereof, he raises such questions as why should one bless the name of the God, or be thankful as well as questions the goodness of the God. Asking questions, but realizing the inability to find answers to them now becomes the characteristics feature of Wiesels relationship with God.
In a sum, the cruel events of the Holocaust which the author witnesses make him to reject the doubtless and furious belief into the just and benevolence of the God as well as his omnipresence in everything in the world. Wiesel realizes that the cruelty which occurs cannot be found reasonable explanation, so he asks whether the God deserves to be praised. By this, Wiesel did not give up believing that God exists, but rather establishes new relationships with him, which main feature is questioning and believing that his will cannot be predicted.
Wiesel, Elie. Night. New York: Hill and Wang, 2006. Print.