The loss of faith and the persistence of faith are complex issues. In this book, faith waxes and wanes. It is important to keep in mind that Elie was a very religious boy at the beginning of the book. He was a twelve-year-old boy who was studying Kabbalah: he was full of faith. As for symbols of the loss of faith, there are two major ones.
First, the imagery of night is a symbol of the loss of faith. From this point of view, the title of the book gives the most dominant imagery of the loss of faith. Night symbolizes death, the darkness in human hearts, depravity, and the loss of faith in God. One of the most powerful quotes come early in the book: “NEVER SHALL I FORGET that night, the first night in camp, that turned my life into one long night seven times sealed.”
Here is another pithy quote that we have liberty to read into: “That night, the soup tasted of corpses.”
Another imagery that signals the loss of faith is fire and flames. In the second chapter, we get...
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