“One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.” -Joan of Arc. Fate is a constant theme in the book Night by Elie Wiesel.
You cannot control fate, it controls us. Unfortunately, Elie does not escape the fate of letting the cruel treatment he experiences turn him into a brute because he starts to develop a brute’s sadistic mindset, he no longer felt a need to practice his religion because he believed everything he was told was a lie, and he loses his sense of moral. The first reason I think Elie does not escape his fate is because he starts to develop a brute’s mindset. When he was with his dad and an inmate was interrogating Elie another inmate asked why the people have come here to Auschwitz and the interrogating inmate retorted back so, the inmate came up to the interrogating inmate and said “Shut up, you moron, or I’ll tear you to pieces! You should have hanged yourselves rather than come here. Didn’t you know? In 1944?” (30) Elie is surrounded by these horrible people saying vicious words to each other. I think they altered his mindset for him to think it’s ok to act this way. Also, a few moments the inmate states, “Over there, that’s where they will take you.
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Over there will be your grave. You still don’t understand? You sons of b*tches. Don’t you understand anything? You will be burned! Burned to a cinder! Turned into ashes!” (31) Once the inmate finally states the reality, Elie loses hope in life, which causes him to develop into a brute. The second reason I think Elie does not escape his faith is because he soon abandons his religions and loses belief in god once he found out everything he was told was a lie. He states, “Never shall I forget those moments that murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to ashes.
Never shall I forget those things, even where I condemned to live as