What would you need in order to survive the worst experience of your life? In Elie Wiesel memoir Night he and his father experience are real life night mare. Elie Wiesel needed his father in that terrible time they were put in a concentration camp. Having his father with him increased his chances of surviving the holocaust. His father was his motivation.
Up to 6 million Jewish people died during the Holocaust. In 1933 Adolf Hitler became the leader of Germany's military, and formed an army called the Nazi. The Holocaust was a huge mass murder during the time of World War II. Hitler and his army put together the Holocaust in 1941 through 1945. Hitler had dozens of camps in Germany, the biggest one was Auschwits, where millions of people have died. The Nazi wanted more power, they were very aggressive and invaded many countries. Elie Wiesel, the author the autobiography Night shares what it was like and what he had to go through during the Holocaust.
Elie Wiesel is the protagonist in the book, “Night.” Throughout the book, Elie’s mentality and physical condition are constantly changing because of the horror thrust upon him at the concentration camps. For example, his views on religion change and he suddenly begins to question God and the concepts of religion itself (Wiesel 31). Elie Wiesel describes his father as a “cultured man, rather unsentimental. He rarely displayed his feelings, not even with family, and was more involved with the welfare of others than with that of his own kin” (Wiesel 4). Despite describing his father as cold, Elie and his father stick together through it all, to his father 's last breath. Even though their sufferings were horrible their relationship improved because before becoming prisoners, they did not spend much time together. Elie is mostly focusing on his religious studies and his father on community meetings. Once they go to the concentration camps their relationship improves and they live mostly for one another.
Anyone can be overcome by selfishness in order to survive the hardest of times. In Elie Wiesel’s “Night”, the main character Elie faces many hard times that puts both survival and loyalties into perspective. In horrific conditions, the necessity to survive can overpower the strongest of human loyalties. First off, people tend to prioritize their own safety over the safety of others. Secondly, prisoners abandon their communities for a position of authority in order to survive. Lastly, basic necessities can overpower the importance of family.
The decisions made by Elie Wiesel in the book Night both positively and negatively impacted his life. These were decisions that the author thought were best for him or for his mother, sister and father. However, the particular decisions made by the boy in Night affected his identity, innocence, and significantly changed his view of life during his experience in the holocaust.
Eliezer Wiesel loses his confidence in god, family and humankind through the encounters he has from the Nazi death camp. Eliezer loses confidence in god. He battles physically and rationally forever and no more accepts there is a divine being. "Never should I overlook those minutes which killed my god and my spirit and turned my fantasies to dust..."(pg 32). Elie endeavored to spare himself and asks god commonly to bail him and take him out of his hopelessness. "Why would it be a good idea for me to favor his name? The interminable, master of the universe, the almighty and unpleasant was silent..."(pg 31). Eliezer is confounded, in light of the fact that he doesn't know why the Germans would execute his face, and does not know why god could
Elie started to act very different during and after the holocaust because he saw many things that would traumatized even the toughest of people. He's had to do things that were very messed things that the old him, before the holocaust, would never do. One of the most messed he had to do was watch small children being thrown into a fire and he had to listen to there plaintive din’s. Another thing that happened is he had to watch an emaciated kid be hung from the gallows. Something that not only him but everyone else had to do was he had to live in the ghettos. He has to live with these things for his entire life, he has to life with watching the annihilation.
Use details from the text to explain how human beings respond to life in a concentration camp. How do their attitudes, personalities, and behaviors change over time?
Family; a blessing, or a curse? In the book Night, Elie Wiesel offers many significant themes, but the question, “is family a blessing or a curse,” is one of the most prevalent and begging themes in the novel. During the novel, Wiesel often questions if he should try and keep his father around, or if life would just be better without him in the picture. “‘Don’t let me find him! If only I could get rid of this dead weight, so that I could use all my strength to struggle for my own survival, and only worry about myself,’ I immediately felt ashamed of myself, ashamed forever,” (Wiesel, 111). This is just one example of the internal conflict going on endlessly within himself. In Night, the question asking whether family is a blessing or a curse is the most significant theme because it highlights good and bad times, it shows the internal conflict between whether he wants his father around or not, and it illustrates the dehumanization Elie faces throughout the Holocaust.
Later on the Elie is marching while the ss officers pace the jews while icy wind blows violently in their faces. Elies friend who was struggling to keep up with the pace. He no longer could keep the pace and collapsed into the snow “I soon forgot him[Zalman]. I began to think of myself again”. Elie says” I shivered with every step”(86 emphasis added)Zalman was to never be seen again. He forgets about his friend who just basically died and began to think of himself again it's ridiculous. Once arriving at Buchenwald Elies father is too weak to go on. Elies argues with his father for several minutes then he says “I listened to him without interrupting. He was right I though deep down, Not daring to admit that to myself. Too late to save your old father…”(111). Elie began to think of himself after realizing his father was soon to die and he would be alone. Elie is constantly thinking of himself instead of others. Lastly shortly after his father's death he states “And deep inside me, if I could have...I might have found something like: Free at last!…”(112 emphasis added) he felt free since he had nobody to take care of life would be easier on
Elie is a young boy who lives in Sighet with his family. He is the only son, he has three sisters. Elie mentions that he is closest to his mother. Elie would like to be closer to his father. But Eliezer’s father focuses his time and energy on the people within the community instead of his own family. When they first arrived at Auschwitz Elie is left with his
Towards the beginning of Elie’s life his father barely paid attention to him and they often fought over his desire to be a mystic. Near the end of the book, in the camp, Elie and his father were nearing death but they only thing Elie cared about was being with his father. Elie says”As for me, I was thinking not about death but about not wanting to be seperated from my father”(Wiesel 82). Everything besides his father and him being alive had become less important. Elie and his father had a poor relationship at the start of the book, but during his journey at the camp Elie grew closer to his father and would do anything for him. This illustrated the transformation of their
He felt like there was no need for himself to be no longer here. Elie had said that “The idea of dying, of ceasing to be, began to fascinates me” (pg.86). He was suffering about something that nor my self or anyone will ever understand. Theirs always a time in peoples life where they quit. Many might question themselves On would it even matter if I leave now? and in fact Elie had one of those moments. The only thing that kept him form doing anything was in deed his father. Elie said “What would he do without me? I was his sole support” (pg.86). His father was the reason he kept fighting and trying to move forward. His fathers reasons of fighting was because of his son Elie. They both were trying for each
Elies childhood was not perfect. He was born on September 30, 1928, in Sighet Romania.His father wanted him to study modern Hebrew. His mother wanted him to study the sacred jewish texts. He was only 15 years old when him and his entire family were captured and taken to Auschwitz. As soon as they arrived at auschwitz, his whole