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Why do you pray?
I don't know, I don't know.
HURRY UP! HURRY UP! HURRY UP!
FASTER! FASTER! FASTER!
"Why did I pray? Strange question. Why did I live? Why did I breathe? 'I don't know,' I told him, even more troubled and ill at ease. 'I don't know.' From that day on, I saw him often. *This quote shows Elie's unwavering faith and devotion towards God, and how God was all that mattered.
"We drank, we ate, we sang. The Bible commands us to rejoice during the eight days of celebration, but our hearts were not in it. We wished the holiday would end so as not to have to pretend." *This quote demonstrates how certain aspects of their lives are subtly changing overtime, and although people have noticed and are completely aware of the fact, they still carried on. However, it was not the same as how it used to be.
"Blessed be God's name? Why, but why would I bless Him? Every fiber in me rebelled. Because He caused thousands of children to burn in His mass graves? Because He kept six crematoria working day and night, including Sabbath and the Holy Days? Because in His great might, He had created Auschwitz, Birkenau, Buna, and so many other factories of death? How could I say to Him: Bleesed be Thou, Almighty, Master of the Universe, who chose us among all nations to be tortured day and night, to watch as our fathers, our mothers, our brothers end up in the furnaces?" *Shows Elie's sudden anger towards God because he doesn't understand why God is letting this all happen.
"But now, I no longer pleaded 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 stronger than this Almighty to whom my life had been bound to for so long. In the midst of these men assembled for prayer, I felt like an observer, a stranger." *After taking some time to cool off from his sudden anger towards God, Elie is now realizing that a life without God is no life worthy to live, however, he feels as if he's been angry at God for too long and that he feels as if he's a stranger.
"And in spite of myself, a prayer formed inside me, a prayer to this God in whom I no longer believed." *This quote is showing that no matter how much Elie is angry towards God for letting all this tragedy happen, God is natural part of him that he cannot deny.
"We needed to show God that even here, locked in hell, we were capable of singing his praises." *After believing in God, then not believing in God, back to believing again, Elie now wants to prove to God that he is now and forever truly faithful and devoted to God under all circumstances.
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