What is Wiesel's view on hope in Night?

The author’s view on hope is that it endures. Despite living through unimaginably horrible conditions, he cannot stifle his hope. Each time something occurs to spark some optimism, Elie's hope to survive revives. We see this when the Russians are nearby. Elie is hopeful that the war will end soon and that the camp will be liberated. We also see this when Elie hopes to survive an operation so that he can continue to live and outlast the war.

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In Night by Elie Wiesel, the author’s view on hope is that it continues despite the horrors to which he has been subjected. He cannot stifle his hope. Each time something arises that makes him optimistic that he can survive, his hope revives. He also tries to revive hope in others. For instance, when his father is dying, Elie says that “nevertheless, I did all I could to give him hope.”

Early in the book before the actual deportation to the camps but after the edict has been given to evacuate, Elie writes that “to the very last moment, a germ of hope stayed alive in our hearts.” It is not just that hope can survive because Elie has not yet been through the worst of it: the camps. Even after he is at the camp, hope survives. For instance, when the prisoners realize that the Russians are near, they are filled with hope that the war will end soon and that the Allies will liberate the camp.

Everyone came out of the blocks. We filled our lungs with the fire- and smoke-laden air, and our eyes shone with hope.

Elie also says, “with luck the Russians would be here before the evacuation. Hope revived again.”

When Elie needs an operation, he trusts his doctor and “took comfort from his presence, feeling that nothing serious could happen while he was there. Elie says, “every glance he gave me held a message of hope.” In this passage, Elie speaks specifically about his pending operation, but the sense of hope also conveys his will to live and hope that he will survive the operation, the camp, and the war.

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