In Night, identify what you consider to be the most important quotes about the struggle to maintain faith.In Night, identify what you consider to be the most important quotes about the struggle to...
In Night, identify what you consider to be the most important quotes about the struggle to maintain faith.
I think that you can find many different examples of quotes that reflect Eliezer's complex relationship to maintain faith. I would consider that the quote closing section 4 about God "hanging on the gallows" might be one of the most powerful quotations that reflect Eliezer's challenge with religious faith. The idea of having to watch a little boy struggle for 30 minutes while his body dies from hanging is something that confounds the mind in attempting to reconcile such an image with God being merciful and compassionate. Another such reconciliation that poses challenge would be when Eliezer cannot bring himself to recite the prayers for the Jewish New Year. It is a moment where the anger and betrayal that has been such a part of Eliezer's character becomes something that is powerfully articulated in describing his loss of faith as well as his feeling about the power of the divine. Perhaps, I would point to the ending as another quote that haunts the reader in understanding where Eliezer is with his religious faith. The idea of not being able to "recognize" the corpse that is staring back at him can lead to a variety of interpretations. However, one consistent in all of these is how Eliezer is not able to see the image of God in the mirror. His experiences have caused Eliezer to envision an existence where religious fervor is absent and that there is no presence of God in his life or in his psyche. The last line of the text represents this state of being in the world.
I have always been impressed with how deeply spiritual Elie was at a young age. The conversation between him and Moishe stands out.
"Why do you pray?" has asked after a moment.
Why did I pray? Strange question. Why did I live? Why did I breathe? (p. 4)
This is an interesting attitude. To Elie, praying is as important as living. He seems to live and breathe sprituality.