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At what point do you feel Elie loses his faith in God? What are some examples?

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speedy9 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 13, 2007 at 12:54 AM via web

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At what point do you feel Elie loses his faith in God? What are some examples?

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clane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted November 13, 2007 at 1:07 AM (Answer #1)

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Elie really begins questioning his faith in God after he witnesses the hanging of the pipel and is forced to stare the corpse of the young boy in the face before he is allowed to eat his dinner. It is the end of the Jewish year and Elie wonders why they are even bothering to show worship and praise to a god that would allow these things to happen to people who had such strong faith in Him. Elie thinks one night on the even of Rosh Hashanah,

"What are You, my God? I thought angrily. . . What does Your grandeur mean, Master of the Universe, in the face of all this cowardice, this decay, and this misery?"

Elie is angry with God and he reminisces on how he used to be so religious and how now he feels that his faith no longer has a purpose and so he denies God,

"I was the accuser, God the accused. My eyes had opened and I was alone, terribly alone in a world without God,"

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lostinthought | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted November 17, 2007 at 5:10 AM (Answer #2)

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He truly lost his faith when he entered the consintration camp.  He never said he did, but you can feel it. In every page it's like he is screaming at you that he doesn't. I would have lost faith in God when I first found out what was happening.  Elie lost his sooner than any Jew there.  He may have been young, but he was still sane when he made the choice to give up.  The only thing that kept him alive was not hope, but stubborness.  He wanted to live, to live.  He knew that his mom and sister were dead. He knew his dad was dying.  Nothing was out there for him to fight for except his life.  God was in no part for Elie. He felt like he couldn't die because of how he felt.  God didn't need to protect him anymore.

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tye43 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 2, 2012 at 2:39 AM (Answer #3)

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Can someone answer this with page numbers

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