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  • In the begining of the story, we see Elie working with the poorest of the poor of sighet, which shows us that his charecter is very caring, and accepting of people no matter their social status, and living with his faith and without evil inherent in him. He is willing to look at life for all of the good and divine things, and does not yet know of the evil that is out there.
  • Pg 5. "AndMoishe the Beadle, the poorest of the poor of sighet, spoke to me for hours on end about the Kabbalah's revelations and it's mysteries. Thus began my initiation. Together we would red, over and over again, the same page of the Zohar. Not to learn it by heart but to discover within the very essence of divinity."
  • At this moment, Elie realizes for the first time that there really is evil in the world, that there are people willing to torture others for no reason other than their personal preference. Once he sees his father hurting, it really puts into his perspective the damage this is going to have.
  • Pg 19. "That was when I began to hate them, and my hatred is our only link today. They were our first oppressors. They were the first faces of hell and death."
  • Mrs. Shächter was a prisoner who had not kept her hope, for even on their way to their camp, she was losing it. This was a lot for Elie, for not only were the people on the cattle car endureing many things that humans should not bear, but her screams were sending them insane. This gave Elie the idea that people like this would influence him, and as he saw this woman lose her insanity and be beaten, he feared that may happen to him.
  • Pg 26. "She was pointing somewhere in the distance, always the same place. No one felt like beating her anymore. The heat, the thirst, the stench, the lack of air, were suffocating us. Yet all that was nothing compared to her screams, which tore us apart. A few more days and all of us would have started to scream."
  • This is the moment that Elie realizes how little hope is left in all of them. There was no hope of getting out of their without a fight, that at that point they were nothing but 'damned souls wandering through the void', with hopes of getting home, of finding happiness in such a hell, but with no hope of finding either. This is when it really came into perspective that he had nothing left to live for, other than his father.
  • Pg 36. "The instincts of self-preservation, of self-defense, of pride, had all deserted us. In one terrifying moment of lucidity, I thought of us as damned souls wandering through the void, souls condemned to wander through space until the end of time, seeking redemption, seeking oblivion, without any hope of finding either."
  • The moment Elie realized he may lose his father, his one source of hope he had left to help him live his life, almost all source of life had been taken out of him. It showed him how there may still be some hope of kindness in the Kapo's hearts, if they still even had one.
  • Pg 75. "All day, I plodded around like a sleepwalker. Tibi and Yossi would call out to me, from time to time, trying to reassure me. As did the Kapo who had given me easier tasks that day. I felt sick at heart. How kindly they treated me. Like an orphan. I thought: Even now, my father is helping me."
  • Finally, Elie had lost his one last reason to live, his father. What might have kept him going is the fact that he could not show remorse that he was gone, for he had gone through so much abuse and defeat, that there was no source of tears left to cry with. The only thing that he could have possibly shown was relief that he no longer had to have responsibility of his father.
  • Pg 112. "I did not weep, and it pained me that I could not weep. But I was out of tears. And deep inside me, if I could have searched the recesses of my feeble conscience, I might have found something like: Free at last!..."
  • Elie Wiesel: Night Character Transformation Sam De Vries
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