Night Thematic Statement In the book: “Night the Author”, Elie Wiesel writes about, many different themes such as death, racism, faith, trust, love and much more. The main theme in the book would be Elie’s faith, his faith in God is absolute. Throughout the entire book Wiesel talks about his faith and it really shows how loyal he is to God while being shaken during his experience in the Holocaust. Wiesel was raised believing that everything on Earth was a reflection of God’s holiness and power, so everywhere he looked he was thinking about and studying this God.
Elie was dedicated and wanted to know more and more each day. Wiesel’s faith looked as if it could never be brought down or shaken, but by the time he got to the second camp Elie was already slowly loosing faith, He says “Why did I pray?… Why did I live?… Why did I breathe? ” Wiesel was so brainwashed that he most likely didn’t even know it was happening. Wiesel says “ It was silent, What had I to thank Him for? ” His faith was being moved because he was looking at all the pain around him and not the hope inside.
He wonders how an amazing God could be apart of such a cruel place, his faith was now rocking by the cruelty and selfishness he sees among the prisoners. But soon enough Elie was one of those selfish prisoners a kapo says “Here, every man has to fight for himself and not think of anyone else…. Here, there are no fathers, no brothers, no friends. Everyone lives and dies for himself alone. ” Wiesel was getting it in his head that maybe I could eat that extra bread instead of giving it to my father, I’m most likely to survive longer.
He was believing the lie being told and loosing much more than he had hoped. All-throughout Night Elie Wiesel writes how much he wanted to pursue God in his life and how much his life revolved around his relationship with God. Even though he has been forever changed from his horrible experience during the Holocaust, Elie still emerged with his faith. He didn’t let the worst thing in his life effect the best part of his life, his faith in God.