Night By Elie Wiesel Family Character Analysis

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The Ones We Love? Family, it’s packed full of meaning and intricacy. In the memoir Night, the complexity of family is one of the most prevalent and begging themes in the novel. During the book, Wiesel often questions if he should try to keep his father around, or if life would be better without him. In Night, the complexity of family is the most significant theme because it highlights good and bad times, it shows the internal conflict about whether he wants his father around or not, and it illustrates the dehumanization that broke the connection between Elie and his father, but the first representation of this is the times shared with the precious people in life. The first example of the complication with loved ones is the good and bad…show more content…
One example of this is towards the end of the book when Elie’s father dies. Wiesel writes, “I did not weep. It pained me that I could not weep. But I had no more tears. And, in the depth of my being, in the recesses of my weakened conscience, could I have searched it, I might perhaps have found something like-free at last!” (Wiesel, 116). In other words, Elie is describing how at this point he has lost all human emotion. If a boy’s father died right now, he would be so devastated, he wouldn’t be able to control himself, he would be sobbing uncontrollably. But Elie has no emotion left to show. He cannot cry. He is afraid if he searched his soul long enough, he would find something to show, but it might be how happy he is that this burden is finally lifted from his shoulders. Elie still does not want to admit to himself he is happy his father died. He can tell that deep within himself, the horrors of the Holocaust have torn him down and stripped him of his emotions, but he doesn’t want to admit it to himself. He is afraid of who he has become. This proves how torn Elie is about his father, and how the terrors of the holocaust have deprived him of his emotions, destroying the bond between him and his…show more content…
Elie’s feelings change about his father countless times. He loves his father but he doesn’t really want him around anymore. This theme is not only important to the book, but it is important to life. Family will forever be complex, and navigating it can be harder, but Wiesel showed it was possible by illustrating to readers that there will always be good and bad times, it shows the internal conflict about whether he wants his father around or not, and it illustrates the dehumanization that broke the connection between Elie and his father. Most everyone loves their family, or they at least have someone, but at times, people need a break from them. It is always going to be important to remember to always care for loved ones, because one day, they could be gone. Always cherish the time with them, even if inside feelings are mixed at times. Family is a blessing and can be a curse, but they are not one in the
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