“I continued to devote myself to my studies.” page 5 Studious, devoted We see in this quote that Elie is a good student and that he wants to learn. “I was in the midst of my prayers when suddenly there were shouts in the street.” page 13 “I was up at dawn. I wanted time to pray before we were expelled.” page 16 Faithful We can tell from these quotes that Elie was dedicated in his faith. “Naturally, we refused to be separated.” page 18 Strong family bond The importance of family to Elie Wiesel is apparent through the entire novel. “Our terror was about to burst the sides of the train…” page 23 Overwhelming terror Man’s inhumanity to man This quote tells the reader of Elie’s fear at the beginning of the Holocaust events. “It was as though madness were taking possession of us all…” page 23 Disbelief/going crazy Elie’s fear is starting to drive him mad. “Here was sudden release from the terrors of the previous nights. We gave thanks to God.” page 24 Faith Despite the horrors, Elie still had faith in God. “Soon I should wake with a start, my heart pounding, and find myself back in the bedroom of my childhood…” page 30 Lost his childhood Elie was still young, but his childhood was ripped from him. “Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God…” page 32 Felt God was dead Struggle to maintain faith Elie began to feel that his God was weak and dying. “Don’t cry, Yechiel.” I said. “Don’t waste your tears.” page 33 Spreads his loss of hope This quote displays Elie’s loss of hope and growing pessimistic outlook. “I refused to give him my shoes.” page 46 Holding on to who he was Despite the horrible situation, Elie refused to give up on who he was yet. “I was even pleased about what had happened. I had saved my gold crown.” page 50 Fighting to hold on to himself This quote shows that Elie was still fighting to hold on to who he was. “But we were no longer afraid of death.” page 57 Fearless The horrors of the Holocaust made the Jews numb to fear. “I raised my eyes to look at my father’s face leaning over mine, to try to discover a smile or something resembling one.” page 65 Loving Father-son bond Elie still feels love for his father, and is still trying to hold onto the will to live and the hope of simple joys. “Why should I bless Him… because He had thousands of children burned…” page 64 Mad at God Struggle to maintain faith He has not lost his faith in God, he is simply mad at God for allowing the Holocaust to happen. “And three days after he had gone, we forgot to say the Kaddish.” page 73 Failure, faithless Despite always having faith, Elie begins to give into the other Jews’ pessimistic and faithless patterns. “Get up? How could I?... I got up gritting my teeth.” page 84 Perseverance Elie has nothing left in him, but he will not give up. “My God, Lord of the universe, give me strength never to do what Rabbi Eliahou’s son has done.” page 87 Faith out of fear and love Struggle to maintain faith He continues to rely on God for strength, and his father as the reason to live. “I scratched. I battled for a mouthful of air. I tore at decaying flesh which did not respond.” page 89 Barbaric, the will to live Man’s inhumanity to man He finds the will to live, and fights for it. “–there was no more reason to live, no more reason to struggle.” page 93 Giving up Elie’s faith is dying, as is his will to live. “I woke from my apathy just at the moment when two men came up to my father.” page 94 Still fighting for his father Elie cannot bear to see his father thrown out of the train with the dead. “I knew that I would never have the strength to fight with a dozen savage men!” page 95 Physically weak He hasn’t given up on life, but he knows that he had no strength left. “I held onto my father’s hand – the old, familiar fear: not to lose him.” page 99 Loyal to family Father-son bond Through the entire novel, and all of the horrid events, Elie remains faithful to his father. “…he could not stand up… somehow, I brought my father to him [the doctor].” page 103 Loyalty/love for his father Elie won’t allow his father to die after everything they’d lived through. “I did not weep, and it pained me that I could not weep.” page 106 Guilty but glad his father’s dead Father-son bond With his father’s death came relief, he only had himself to look after, but guilt for feeling that way. “After my father’s death, nothing could touch me anymore.” page 107 Apathetic/numb Elie’s father had been his reason to survive, now he had nothing to live for. “Our first act as free men was to throw ourselves onto the provisions.” page 109 Starving The men thought of nothing but food. Even family escaped their thoughts. “From the depths of the mirror, a corpse gazed back at me.” page 109 Half-dead The Nazis killed all of Elie, except for his body. “Humanity? Humanity is not concerned with us.” page 30 Never forget, and never again “Wild beasts of prey, with animal hatred in their eyes…” page 95 Man’s inhumanity to man “The look in his eyes, as they stared into mine, has never left me.” page 109 Reminder of the horrors Elie’s haunting imagery and horridly true memories help to establish the purpose and drill it into our minds.