Night teaches us that cultural values are not easily changed, though they can be suppressed for a while, even when a person's role in society is radically altered.
Elie Wiesel begins the story as an extremely religious teenager in a small village in Romania. He is a part of a close-knit family and community. By the end of the story, he appears to have lost his faith, and his community and village are gone. But the values he learned in his childhood are still apparent. From the time Elie left his home, he was no longer a part of the community grew up in, but his upbringing clearly influences his thoughts and decisions. He sees his father beaten in front of him and does not act, which he admits to himself is reprehensible. Later he eats his previously untouched soup without complaint. These examples are important because he had clearly described himself as a religious, self-disciplined teen at the beginning of his story. They show how quickly he has changed outwardly.
This change is not...
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