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The Central Conflict Elie Wiesel Depicts

  • Date Submitted: 03/15/2011 11:03 AM
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The central conflict Elie Wiesel depicts is not with the Nazis, but with God, which reveals the enduring relationship Eliezer has with Him
He emphasizes the intensity of his devotion to God when he states, "I [believe] profoundly"
On the morning that the Hungarian police round up the Jews to move them into a smaller ghetto, Wiesel is in the "midst of prayer" (13). At the end of a long day in which Eliezer's family is marched to the little ghetto, they sink to their knees and pray, "Oh God, Lord of the Universe, take pity upon us in Thy great mercy"
Wiesel's studies also show the depth of his religious commitment. He asks his father to find a "master" to guide him in the study of the "Cabbala" (1). Eliezer then tells Moshe how unhappy he is because he cannot find a teacher in Sighet to instruct him in the Zohar, "the cabbalistic books, [and] the secrets of Jewish mysticism" (3). Moshe becomes his master and together they spend long hours of the night talking about "the revelations and mysteries of the Cabbala" (3). Even during the day Eliezer studies the Talmud, therefore filling both his days and nights with studies of his faith.
Thus, initially Eliezer Wiesel seems to have a strong, intimate bond with God that can later be seen in his gratitude and his anger with Him.
As Eliezer's eyes are being opened to the shocking horrors of the concentration camp, he no longer studies his religion actively and devoutly.
Wiesel recites a prayer "in spite of [himself]" in order to gather the courage to break away from the rank as they near the furnace pit (31).
Whenever he needs strength, courage and comfort, Eliezer could not help but turn to his faith and to God in the end. During their stay in the reception center for Auschwitz, Eliezer thanks God "for having created mud" to cover up his new shoes so the Kapos would not take them away
Although Eliezer realizes a rebellion towards God has already awoken inside of himself, he has still not stopped believing in him....


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