Does the Book Night by Elie Wiesel lead to hope or despair?

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By Elie Wiesel

Hope or despair?

The book "Night" by Elie Wiesel is a first-person narrative about the Holocaust. The Holocaust was the genocide of over 6 million European Jews and others by the Nazis during World War II The book tells the story of the time when the author was taken to a concentration camp by the Nazis. At the time he was only 14 years old and lived in Sighet, Transylvania. He tells us all of his horrifying experiences as a Jewish prisoner. Even though he tells us this gruesome story I believe he is trying to tell us that even though terrible things may happen, you must always have hope that things are going to get better.. It must have been very hard for him to narrate this memories that probably still haunt him so we must be thankful to him for giving us this chunk of history that was missing.

Eliezer had many reasons to become hopeless. He was how other Jews killed each other very selfishly over a piece of bread. "Here, every man has to fight for himself and not think of anyone else.... Here, there are no fathers, no brothers, no friends. Everyone lives and dies for himself alone." If mankind is this disgusting then God must be this way or may not exist. When Eliezer first got to the concentration camp he didn't have any hope. " Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust." He saw how many people killed each other so this made him think there was no hope for him. Throughout the story other than the conflict Eliezer has with the Nazis, he also has a conflict with himself: He started questioning his own...