In a five paragraph essay, explain how Elie Wiesel's character changes from the beginning to the end of Night. I know that his faith in God changed, but I can't really think of two more changes to...

In a five paragraph essay, explain how Elie Wiesel's character changes from the beginning to the end of Night.

I know that his faith in God changed, but I can't really think of two more changes to use. Any ideas appreciated!

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junebug614 | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

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Faith in God is definitely a great place to start! One other change you might want to note is the development of the relationship with his father and how this relationship changes. There are several examples in the text where Elie questions why he is so angry with his father. He doesn't understand how some of the younger men could abandon their fathers, and, while Elie never abandons his father, he does become angry at him for seemingly irrational reasons - an example being when his father is beaten for not being able to march in step. Elie recognizes how, in his old life, he would've been angry at the man beating his father, but here he's angry that his father can't seem to manage this simple task and is beaten for it. 

Another change  that occurs is through Elie's challenge to maintain his humanity. He and the other Jews are treated with such inhumane tactics that he notices some of the prisoners behaving in completely savage ways. One example is when Meir actually kills his own father for bread. Elie learns and eventually, sadly, understands that the will to survive is causing prisoners to behave in ways they never would in a "normal" life. The change is that he essentially loses his innocence in a very violent and abrupt way through this knowledge. 

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