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Religion- Night

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  • At the beginning of the book, Elie is very religious and wants to further his spiritual journey.
  • "I was almost 13 and deeply observant. By day I studied Talmund and by night I would run to the synagogue to weep the destruction of the temple."
  • Here, Elie is beginning to question his faith and doubt God's intentions.
  • "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?"
  • It is at this point that Elie completely gives up his faith, broken down by the Nazis and the concentration camp.
  • "Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith forever."
  • Since the crematorium, Elie has only become angrier at God. He acknowledges that He exists, but feels as though God is not doing His job fairly.
  • "As for me, I ceased to pray. I concurred with Job! I was not denying His existence, but I doubted His absolute justice."
  • The full reality of Elie's situation has hit him and he is dismayed and slightly unhinged, especially with no faith to comfort him.
  • "My eyes had opened and I was alone, terribly alone in a world without God, without man."
  • Although Elie has had his ups and downs with his faith, when in dire times, he always comes back to God to ask for help. This shows how even though Elie doubted his faith, it never really went away.
  • "And in spite of myself, a prayer formed inside me, a prayer to the God in whom I no longer believed."
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