When they first arrived at Auschwitz Elie and his father looked to each other for support and survival, Sometimes Elie’s father being the only thing keeping him alive. In their old community Elie’s father was a strong-willed and respected community leader, as the book went on you could see how the roles were becoming reversed he was becoming weaker and more reliant on Elie to take care of him. Their father son bond had always been strong and only grew stronger with the things they had to endure.“My God, Lord of the Universe, give me strength never to do what Rabbi Eliahou’s son has done” Elie was disgusted when he saw Rabbi Eliahou’s son abandon his father to help improve his chances of his survival he prayed he’d never do such a thing, but as his father becoming progressively more reliant on Elie he started to see his father as more of a burden than anything else.”I did not weep and it pained me the i could not weep. But i was out of tears. And deep inside me, if i could i have searched the recesses of my feeble conscience, i might have found something like: Free at last!...” When his father died Elie wasn't sad all he could think of was the weight that was lifted off his chest, that he no longer had to be constantly worried or tending on his
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. When father and son are taken from their home, they experience harsh conditions in the camps.
Justice was presented at the advantage of the stronger in this novel because eventually Eliezer, the narrator was freed and able to account the horrible story of previous happenings. Unfortunately, during the process of being freed, he had lost his father along the way due to a horrible illness and old age. Just as in aforementioned examples, the “strongest” person, strength wise, was never the one who possessed justice at their upper
And I knew that my brother Tewolde never would have given up. I knew that the way to honor him best was to take myself even higher” (113). After the death of his brother, Mawi almost gave up on his dream of being a top student because he was devastated over Tewolde. He realized that Tewolde would want him to keep on going because it would help out his family. There is no doubt that the death of Tewolde crushed Mawi, but it also encouraged him to work to his fullest
On page 65 of Night by Elie Wiesel it states “the third rope was still moving: the child, too light, was still breathing...And so he remained for more than half an hour, lingering between life and death, writing before our eyes. And we were forced to look at him at close range. He was still alive when I passed him. His tongue was still red, his eyes not yet extinguished.” This had reinforced Elie’s growing conviction that God was dead, that there was no purpose in praying to God or calling up God’s promises to His people because He had abandoned them. On page 65 of Night by Elie Wiesel it states “That night, the soup tasted of corpses.” After witnessing the execution, Elie feels like death is everywhere, and he is unable to enjoy his soup knowing that all goodness has been
When Elie was taking a rest from the evacuation march from the camp in an old shed in the snow, an old man came in desperately looking for his son, Rabbi Eliahu. This father had been very close with his son and they had stayed that way for three years in the concentration camp, however, on the march, the two got separated because the father could no longer keep up. At first, Elie didn’t remember the little boy running beside him and was no help to the father trying to find his son at the time, but when he left, Elie remembered the boy seeing his father slow down and had actually sped up to allow the distance between them become greater. The author wrote, "He had felt his father growing weaker and, believing that the end was near, had thought by this separation to free himself of a burden that could diminish his own chance for survival." (Wiesel 91).
The march starts two days after Elie’s operation. This is one of the major conflicts of the memoir because it seems to be a “do or die” situation for Elie and his father to remain together. The Nazis push the prisoners to their limits on the march. Many die, others make it to Gleiwitz only to die of suffocation or freezing. The soldiers are unemotional and herd the prisoners like cattle upon arrival,so many prisoners do not even make it to bunks, falling on the ground in
Paul and his sibling always begged their mother not to do it, and I can understand how he felt during that horrid time in his life. But there was one person who comforted and cared for him; his wonderful Nonno Frankie. Paul feels,”...this wonderful Nonno Frankie was there for (him) when (he) was having a great struggle. There is no question in (his) mind today that he was the remarkable teacher and spirit who gave (Paul his) Pigman and (his) boyhood”(Zindel 8). Paul felt that his grandfather really helped him through his
Stein’s only purpose are his wife and children. The camp changes Elie, it breaks the link he used to have to his father. Even though they seem inseparable, they are alone when it comes to survival and endurance. Elie’s only wish upon seeing the beating is to get away in case the supervisor attacks him. This moment demonstrates that in the camp survival comes before anything else, even one’s family.
After a long journey, they finally arrived at another camp, and Elie’s father becomes ill with dysentery. Soon after, his father was beaten and put to death, but Elie had no emotions. Three months later, the camp was liberated, and Eliezer was freed. Because of Wiesel’s loss of innocence and restoration of hope, Wiesel’s book Night reveals the resiliency of human beings. Eliezer was only a teenager when taken by German soldiers.