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When Eli finally looks at his reflection he sees the eyes of a corpse, "I wanted to see myself in the mirror hanging on the opposite wall. I had not seen myself since the ghetto. From the depths of the mirror, a corpse gazed back at me. The look in his eyes, as they stared into mine, has never left me." The Nazis transformed Eliezer into a living corpse, a shadow of his former self, and surrounded him with constant death and misery. Eli was dying inside as well. THe very bases of his faith was shaken. The rotting on his outside was a reflection of the rotting of his soul.