In Night by Elie Wiesel, how does Elie's view of his religion, his father, and the world change during his time at the Nazi prison camps?

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This is an enormous question, and we must keep in mind that when we ask it regarding Elie in Night, we are not approaching it as character development as we would for analysis of fiction. On the contrary, we are considering the changes a man--indeed, a boy--went through in an horrific and very real series of events.

In the beginning of his life, Elie was devoted to the Orthodox Jewish religion. He followed regular prayers and practices, then at night even studied the mystical Jewish secrets called Kabbalah. Then, as he went from camp to camp and saw atrocity after atrocity, death after death--a child with God's image in his eyes hung, with God hung beside him--he felt God die in his heart and ceased to believe in the God of the Jews, this even though he still uttered prayers of desperation to the...

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