The Holocaust was a horrific event, allowing millions of Jews to die or suffer. The tragic event separated families, not being able to see them ever again. However, in the memoir Night, Elie Wiesel and his father relied on each other and as a result, develops a strong father-son relationship. Wiesel and his father develop a strong father-son relationship throughout Night, experiencing horrific events during the Holocaust. Wiesel's relationship with his father progresses from a codependent relationship to a relationship where Wiesel believes his father is decreasing Wiesel's rate of survival.
People die constantly and they don’t have to take care of a withered old man such as Elie’s father. He doesn’t want to be next. Deep down, he wants to leave his father behind, but he doesn’t want to admit that to himself. Evidently, Elie, at this point, is not ready to get rid of his father, but more than ready to, at the same
I could have screamed in anger. To have lived and endured so much; was I going to let my father die now?” (104-105). Elie was scared to be alone when he believed his father was dead, and he states that he no longer had a reason to live. In other cases Because Elie believes his father is dead, he is relieved that he no longer has to worry about his father. He is then followed by regret.
When father and son are taken from their home, they experience harsh conditions in the camps. These conditions cause the changes between Elie and his father relationship. During their time in the concentration camps, Elie and his father experience a role reversal. Upon entering the camps, Elie and his father have the usual father and son relationship. Entering the camp, Elie reveals how much he depends on his father during first selection, “The baton pointed to the left.
After the owner of the shawl’s apparent death, the father “truly did not care if he was alive or dead” (Erdrich 392). The father’s mentality broke, he keeps the shawl as a memento for his sister, but it also led to a drinking problem and his children avoiding him. By holding onto this symbol, the father binds himself to his childhood dilemma. The narrator readies himself to convince his father of what he has been doing to his family. The narrator then claims that keeping a deceased person’s possession is unwise.
From Son to Father Humanity’s cruel, brutal and unforgiving ways were shown in the 1940’s. Thousands of people were deported to the concentration camps across Europe and unfortunately for Elie Wiesel, he was one of them. It was vital for Elie to support his family since it was his only thing worth living for. Elie Wiesel, author of the novel Night portrayed father/son relationships in his novel using foreshadowing, imagery, irony, and others. Irony is used heavily throughout the novel especially in the father son theme.
His beloved father and brother passed away at a young age, and Mawi did not know how to handle this. Even though Mawi faced death in his family, it only motivated him more to try his best. “I almost abandoned my dreams of becoming a top student and earning a scholarship. But I loved my family too much to give up. And I knew that my brother Tewolde never would have given up.
In the graphic novel Maus II, Art Spiegelman reveals what hardships his father had to go through to survive his time during the Holocaust. Elie Wiesel depicted what him and his father went through to withstand the suffering in the concentration camps during the holocaust in his autobiography, Night. The connection between these two works from contrasting genres is the relationships and loyalty to family and friendships shown throughout these accounts. When facing critical situations, remaining loyal to your family and friends is more essential to survival than self-preservation and resourcefulness. Having close relationships with friends and family could benefit you by granting you opportunities to receive support, resources and other components to survival.
The act of Barry preparing his father’s shaving equipment emphasizes how much he cares for his father, and how he respects what his father likes “You could have used your electric razor.” [Barry’s Father] said. “I expected that.” “You wouldn’t like it, “Barry said. “You’ll get a closer shave this way”(Norris 2). Barry’s meticulous care of his father’s shaving equipment stresses that he cares for his father and understands the little time he has left with him should be used to show his father how much he cares. This is in contrast to Barry spending all his time alone and sulking that his father is going to die.
Every week, to reduce the number of Jews in the camps to prevent overcrowding, The Selection occurs. It is basically Survival of the Fittest, as the weak are selected to die and the strong continue to work. Elie’s father thought that he was too slow and was selected to die, so he gave Elie everything that he had. Elie did not want the spoon and knife because it was a sign of his father giving up on life. “Here, take this knife,” he said.