How does Elie change by the end of Night? Physically, emotionally, and spiritually?
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At the very end of Night, Wiesel states that he looks into a mirror for the first time since being imprisoned. He writes,
“From the depths of the mirror, a corpse gazed back at me. The lookin his eyes, as they stared into mine, has never left me.”
These finishing lines present the idea that the experience has, in a sense, “killed” Wiesel.
This death is primarily spiritual. Before his imprisonment, Wiesel, as a teenager, lived for his spiritual beliefs. His only goal for the future was to become more and more involved in the higher aspects of Judaism. During his time in the concentration camps he ceases to feel this way. He also denounces his own faith in the good in people, in the sense that he no longer believes in his ultimate mercy, although he still believes in God’s existence.
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