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One of the biggest themes in Night is Elies relationship to God faith During his carefree days in his hometown of Sighet Elies belief in God was without question His faith began to diminish however when his entire village was herded into cattle cars and sent to Auschwitz It was here that he began to feel his first blows of pain and feelings of insecurity After being ripped from all of his family except his father and witnessing the inhumane treatment of his fellow Jews He started to ask the question why would God allow this to happen For more than half an hour he stayed there struggling between life and death dying in slow agony under our eyes A man behind Elie asked Where is God Where is HeWhere is God now But the journey down the road that lead to the innermost reaches of his soul had only just begun and it would take a long steady process to finally break his spirit At first Elie did not deny Gods existence but he doubted his absolute justice Many believed the concentration camps to be tests to judge character and prove that God loved them Over time the camps tried the souls of the men and eventually some did lose their humanity or at least made the line between humanity and inhumanity a little less clear Elie did manage to keep self-control due to his father but had his father died earlier there may have been no hope for Elie Of course even Elie did have his low moments where trivial objects such as food which we take for granted took on a more important role than even his father did Other themes are death hatred and loss of innocence Another major theme is the relationship between father and son Throughout the majority of Night Elie is accompanied by his father Their relationship is unmatched with any thing many of us have with
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