Chapter 1 elaborates on Elie’s quaint and content life/town, as well as Moishe the Beadle, a poor yet curious man who would contemplate the meaning of life with Elie. Wiesel writes, “”The Jews of Sighet- the little town of Transylvania where I spent my childhood...” (Wiesel 3). He also mentions, “And Moishe 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” (Wiesel 5).
Chapter 2 illustrates Elie’s initial journey to Auschwitz, as well as the hallucinations Mrs. Schachter experiences. Elie states, “The doors were nailed, the way back irrevocable cut off. The world had become a hermetically sealed cattle car” (Wiesel 24). He also says, “She is hallucinating becuase she is thirsty, poor woman... That’s why she speaks of flames devouring her...” (Wiesel 25).
Chapter 3 elaborates on how Elie's moral values were altered because of the circumstances he is placed in. When his father was slapped, Elie was unfazed by it, and as a result, he began to feel remorseful towards the person he has become. He sayas, "I stood petrified. What had happened to me? My father had just been struck, in front of me, and I had not even blinked... Remorse began to gnaw at me." (Wiesel 39).