Given Wiesel's description of the behavior of his fellow Sighet residents, do you think Wiesel views hope as a blessing or a curse? Give evidence from the text to support your answer.

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I think Wiesel was using hope as a deafening curse. There were so many Jews that hoped and prayed yet lost their lives. Hope in God or fortune was a futile attempt at desperation. Luck and cunning ability in the camp played a greater role in survival than hope. Elie's hope died when he witnessed Young Pipel hanging from the gallows.