Discuss what Night suggests about the relationship that one has with God.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The spiritual dimensions of the book represent some of its most powerful of elements.  I think that Wiesel is not trying to suggest anything about the relationship that individuals have with God.  He is merely presenting this narrative of Eliezer and from this, individuals have to embark upon their own discussion in what defines the nature of their relationship with the divine.  Wiesel is too complex and too intricate to assert anything about the nature of being in the world without asking for reader reflection first.  There exists in the narrative a powerful arc that Eleizer has towards God.  The exposition shows him to be focused on his religious studies and feeling a certain affinity for Moshe the Beadle because of their discussions about God.  As the narrative descends into the horror of the Holocaust, Eliezer's faith is briefly tested, but then endures a level of repudiation with what he sees.  The images in "Never Shall I Forget" as Eliezer sees first hand Nazi cruelty would reflect this.  The "cursing" of God begins here, a repudiation seen later on with his refusal to participate in the High Holy Practices, as well as simply suggesting that "God is there- in these gallows."  The true horror of the Holocaust becomes the murdering of Eliezer's faith, something that Wiesel points out represents some of the worst acts in the Holocaust.  The relationship that Eliezer has with God, along with the bonds he holds towards his community, his family, and his own notion of self become severed, to the point where his reflection at the end might be representative of this lack of clarity and inability for identification.  It is here where a statement about what happens when one's relationship with God is dissolved holds its most compelling analysis.

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