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  • In the beginning of Night, we see a young boy who is very interested in his religion. He is dedicated to this way of life that he is surrounded by and even so involved he felt the need to cry for this God and his home. He has no reason to not obey to this religion, and decided to dedicate his young life to it. He is obviously an avid believer.
  • Pg 3. "I was almost thirteen and deeply observant. By day I studied Talmud and by night I would run to the synagogue to weep over the destruction of the temple."
  • In this section of the book, we begin to see a slight loss of faith, but not quite in a bad way. Elie didn't know what to think about leaving him home, but what is interesting is that rather be upset over leaving his home where he spent his life with his family, he is more concerned about leaving God and his experiences with him. But he has little sadness, for his mind was empty, and he was more concerned with where hi family was being located.
  • Pg. 19 "I looked at my house in which I had spent years seeking my God, fasting to hasten the coming of the messiah, imagining what my life would be like later. Yet I felt little sadness. My mind was empty."
  • The confidence of everyone was hightened when they were given great news, which they thanked God for. Elie still beleives God is responsible for everything, which shows how his faither stayed strong even in his weaker moments. Although he is not aware of the soon-to-come torture, he still has his faith in him, and it may be all he has/needs.
  • Pg 27. "The conditions were good. Families would not be separated. Only the young would work in the factories. The old and the sick would work in the fields. Confidence soared. Suddenly, we felt free of the previous nights' terror. We gave thanks to God."
  • Elie once thanked God for all of the pleasures in his life, but now, he is faced with many challenges that will force him to turn away from God. Here we see him realizing for the first time why he finds it a bad idea to praise God for murdering millions like him, for absolutely no reason. His eyes begin to open to all the tragedy in the world, and if God is responsible for all the good things, then He may as well be responsible for all of the bad things, like Auschwitz.
  • Pg 33. "For the first time, I felt anger rising within me. Why should I sanctify His name? The Almighty, the eternal and terrible Master of the Universe, chose to be silent. What was there to thank him for?"
  • Pg 68. "But now, I no longer pleases for anything. I was no longer able to lament. On the contrary, I felt very strong. I was the accuser, God the accused. My eyes had opened and I was alone, terribly alone in a world without God, without man. Without love or mercy. I was nothing but ashes now, but I felt myself to be strong than this Almighty to whom my life had been bound for so long. In the midst of these men assembled for prayer, I felt like an observer, a stranger."
  • In this moment, on a holiday where all of these prisoners should be praying and praising their religion, Elie decided to rebel and stray from the praying. But he also realizes is that these men who have religion, are almost blind to the severetiy of their conditions, for the beleive God is doing something good and turn to optimism. Elie believes that his life had been 'bound' to God for too long now, and that he was free and stronger as he was accusing God, for he had allegedly created all this sorrow and disappointment.
  • Finally, we see that the religion that Elie had believed was gone, found a way out to strengthen him in his weakest times. Although he did not believe in this religion in any way any longer, he found the strength to look to it when he knew that it may help him stay strong for his father. He used the prayer for he knew if he didn't, he may go insane and betray his father. This is one of the last times we see any form of God left in him, for Auschwitz had personally removed it from him for good.
  • Pg 91. "And in spite of myself, a prayer formed inside me, a prayer to this God in whom I no longer believed. 'Og God, Master of the Universe, give me the strength never to do what Rabbi Eliahu's son has done.'"
  • Elie Wiesel: Night Religious Transformation Sam De Vries
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