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The novel Night by Elie Wiesel is the story of a Holocaust survivor Though there are many themes to be found in the book they all relate back to the way Elie changes As much as Elie changes physically throughout his journey mentally he is changed in several ways His identity is changed to the point where he becomes a number he has to change his way of thinking in order to survive he experiences a major faith shift and the relationship he has with his father changes dramatically Throughout the novel the author reinforces the belief that he and the millions of other Jews are no longer real people but instead objects no better than animals The quote There remained only a shape that looked like me pg 48 enforces the belief that while he exists physically mentally he has lost the identity he once had This belief is repeated when Elie states I became A-7713 After that I had no other name pg 54 The Jews were treated in such a way that it only took a short space of time for their identity to disappear One example of this is when Elie says Within a few seconds we had ceased to be men pg 48 proving how much power the German Nazis held over them Not only did Elie suffer a loss of identity but he also lost the innocence he once had because of the horrors he witnessed at such a young age Once being a spoiled child Elie had to quickly adapt to the situation he was placed in Elie had to quickly learn how to adapt in order to survive from the moment he arrived at Auschwitz He soon developed a natural instinct to lie as he demonstrated when questioned about his age and job Farmer I heard myself say pg 42 In such a short amount of time Elie had already begun to use survival instinct
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