How do Elie's experiences shape the person he becomes? When we first get introduced to Elie we can clearly see that he is a young and interesting person. Elie has a very strong faith in God and the Jewish religion, but this faith is tested when the Nazi's move him from his small town to the Auschwitz concentration camp Pg 77 "Where is God now? Where is He? Here He Is-He is hanging here on this gallows... ." This is where the Holocaust left young Elie. Elie paints a portrait of life in the camp, which included hours upon hours of backbreaking labour, fear of hangings, and an overall theme throughout the book, starvation. Motivation is what keeps Elie alive throughout the whole book, Elie is motivated to stay alive and keep his father alive so they can survive. Motivation isn't always as good as that throughout the book we learn that many characters or people are so motivated to get food and to survive for themselves that they turn into a savage like behaviour and will go to any extent to get what they want.
The total outcome of motivation leads Elie and furthermore the other characters to de-humanize, desiring only for food and water, Elie comes too not even caring for his father. Elie goes through an experience that in life nobody at any age should ever witness and at the age of a young teenager Elie is surrounded with death and torture. Elie witnessed first hand that he could have been killed Pg 45 "The moment had come. I was face to face with the Angel of Death...
." with 1 word Left or Right Elie's life could have been over. Elie departed from his sister and mother early on in the book, he knew they were being sent to the crematories to be killed so his desire to survive and make it through with his father was a key factor in the book. Elie begins to question his strong feelings for God. Elie loses his respect of being treated as a human. The experience of Night is fatal to Elie as it destroys his peace, his God, and his humanity. Elie's faith for God weakens more and more.
"The night was gone. The morning star was shining in the sky. I too had become a completely different person. The student of the Talmud, the child that I was, had been consumed in the flames. There remained only a shape that looked like me. A dark flame had entered into my soul and devoured it." That is how Elie becomes after all he experiences throughout the holocaust.
At the end of the Novel when they were on the death march Elie even wished that he could escape from his father, because his father Is like a weight on his shoulder and Elie could survive much easier without caring for his father.