Eliezer: Character Analysis
In ‘Night’, we realize that the concentration camps that were established by the Germans had adverse effects on the Jews that occupied them as prisoners. Wiesel uses Eliezer as a fictional character in the story to narrate the personal experience at the camps. He goes on to tell the cruelty he went through with other Jews. From the experiences, a lot changed fro his character since he had to adjust to survive the inhumane conditions that he was exposed to. When growing up, Eliezer was a deeply religious boy who appreciated the Jewish values. However, when they left the concentration camps after being liberated by the American army, Elie became a whole new person due to the experience he underwent at the camps. He lost faith in God and the Jewish values were gone as well. The significance of Eliezer’s reflection on the mirror here is to show the changes that have taken place since he was taken by the Germans to the concentration camps. He saw a different person stare at him because all the things that he valued were as good as dead. In their place were now bitter feelings and the desire for revenge which transformed him into a whole new person.
Eliezer lost his faith in God, humanity and even justice because he was subjected to experiences that made him wonder if there was God as he believed God had abandoned him at that moment. He underwent so much suffering that he didn’t believe God could allow. He even witnessed the hanging of innocent boys whom he felt deserved better lives out of the concentration camps (Wiesel 62).
His faith in humanity came into question because of the inhumane treatment he got from the German troops. In the concentration camps, they were treated like animals, overworked and underfed by the kapos (those who were in charge). This led Eliezer to wonder if he was a lesser being to the Germans. However, with the help of his father, he managed to pull through.
Finally, he never saw any bit of justice during the time of the holocaust and thus was left frustrated by the developments since he had been brought up in a modest way where justice prevailed and the people in the community were staunch believers. In the camps, the Jews had no rights and were forced to do almost anything without having the option to turn them down. At one time he even got whipped for walking in on a Kapo when he was being entertained by a girl.
Wiesel’s use of fiction in this book works perfectly as it doesn’t affect the storyline and does not show much fiction in it as the information is easily passed. Unlike the fictional books, the book doesn’t tie up loose ends in the story showing how much non-fictional it is. For instance, the book doesn’t tell how Eliezer’s sisters ended after they were separated by the Germans. From the book, we also learn that the Germans were almost successful in their bid to exterminate the Jews from the face of the earth but were thwarted by the American army.
Works Cited Wiesel, Elie, and Marion Wiesel. Night. New York, NY: Hill and Wang, a division of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006. Print.