At the time that Eliezer says these words, he has been through enough horrors to conclude that things are not going to get any better for anyone. Yet, he gets gradually frustrated to hear those around him, who are also going through the same type of hellish situations, just sit...
At the time that Eliezer says these words, he has been through enough horrors to conclude that things are not going to get any better for anyone. Yet, he gets gradually frustrated to hear those around him, who are also going through the same type of hellish situations, just sit there and presumably accept their situations without questioning anything.
Indeed, all throughout the novel the reader can sense that the primary question Eliezer asks constantly, whether he voices it or not, is: "Why?" Why them? Why are they victims? Why is God allowing all of this to happen? As such, throughout the novel, we also see multiple attempts by Eliezer to try and console himself with a possible answer. We see this in the comparisons that he makes, and in the observations of things that he correlates to what is going on.
One of such situations is Elie's comparison of himself to Job. According to the Biblical story, Job was a rich man who was also kind and generous. He was also a believer in God. When Satan wanted to test Job's faith by removing all of his material possessions (with God's permission), Job's faith still did not waver:
At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship
and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.”
In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.
Now, let's see Elie's statement regarding Job:
As for me, I had ceased to pray. I concurred with Job! I was not denying His existence, but I doubted His absolute justice.
These words lead us to conclude that, perhaps, Eliezer did a somewhat eschewed reading of Job. After all, Elie does blame God for what was going on, and his faith does waver, as opposed to Job's faith.
Still, we could also conclude that the aspect of Job that Eliezer means to compare to his own life, is the fact that both he and Job were tested. In that aspect, Eliezer is, indeed, similar to Job. After all, it must have definitely felt like an act of the devil to have the entire foundation of the lives of all Jews removed from underneath them. It must have felt like Satan himself came to attack all Jews in the worst ways possible. They were, like Job, disenfranchised, dispossessed, and abused by evil. In that, a similarity to Job would be definitely correct.