Religious Changes in Night
by Christina Altomara
This quote shows how Elie was very religious and was even trying to learn more about his religion.
By day I studied Talmud and by night I would run to the synagogue to weep the destruction of the Temple.
This demonstrates how praying and talking to God was very important to Elie.
I was up at dawn. I wanted to have time to pray before leaving.
This is an important scene because it's the first time in the book where Elie questions his faith.
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?
But, why would I bless Him? Every fiber in me repelled. Because He caused thousands of people to burn in His mass graves?...
In this scene Elie is very strongly rejecting his faith due to his experiences in camp.
This shows Elies struggle of believing in God or not.
If only he could have kept his faith in God, if only he could have considered all of this suffering a divine test, he would have not been swept away by the selection.
And in spite of myself, a prayer formed inside of me, a prayer to this God in whom I no longer believed.
In this scene Elie thinks that he lost all of his faith but his heart continues to believe.
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