This is where—hanging here from this gallows…” (Wiesel, 65) Eliezer’s struggle for identity is shown again in the above quote. Eliezer recognizes that his faith in God is not enough to save him from the horrors of the concentration camp. “One more stab to the heart, one more reason to hate. One less reason to live.” (Wiesel, 109) This is stated after Eliezer is told that his father’s neighbors are beating his father. “We were the masters of nature, the masters of the world.
Elie was told to be 18 instead of 15 and his father 40 instead of 50. Now, they did not have to listen to this man, but when they got up to the front of the line, they did as the man had said. Their lives were saved, for now, by this one decision they made. They were given as good of jobs as you could get in a place like Auschwitz. In “An Evening with Elie Wiesel”, transcribed by Trisha Nord, Elie expresses, “It’s the price I pay for survival.” In order to survive Elie had to make many decisions some of which had very negative effects.
Elie says to his father, “Come, Father...I’ll watch over you and you’ll watch over me...we’ll look after each other(pg.89).” This quote shows that Elie has never said this to his father. Now that they are in a possibility of death, they need to take care of each other. Also, the story of Rabbi Eliahou's son leaving him because he was too weak made his son leave his father. Elie prays to God that, God “will [him] the strength to never do what Rabbi Eliahou's son(pg.91).” Elie actually saw that the Rabbi’s son left him. He felt bad because Rabbi Eliahou’s son left him because he was weak.
Leading to loss of faith in religion, life, and even humanity. Where one can’t begin to comprehend the reason why someone of such cruelty can choose whether someone shall live or die. To be chosen to work in the camps seems to be reassuring to Wiesel, and the other Jews. They may be tortured in many ways, however it
Elie assumed that his faith would provide him with the answers. Elie’s life had changed. As he enters his adulthood he was no longer the ‘spoiled child’, no longer the naive boy but a young man exposed to the evils of war. He lost his virtuousness and learnt the ability to lie and commit acts of selfishness. Elie’s previous reality had weakened and disappeared.
During the time Elie was there with his father, he began to lose his faith in god, his family, and humanity through all of the experiences he had to go through while being in the Nazi concentration camp. Eliezer begins to lose faith in god. He starts to struggle a lot, physically and mentally, and he feels like god is punishing him. Elie tried very hard to help his father and also himself and he even asked god to take him out of his misery. He becomes very confused because he doesn’t understand why god would let such a thing happen and why the Germans are wanting to kill all of the jews.
Eliezer’s best traits come out and allow him to survive his terrible ordeal, which are adaptability, determination, patience, and perseverance. Elie uses his father as his reason to persevere and keep on going through. For example, whenever Eliezer’s father dies, Eliezer loses all function and does not even want to recount how empty and lonely he felt. On page 32, Eliezer describes how great his fear of
For this reason the Elie wouldn’t have known about the extreme horror that was lying ahead for his entire family. This choice positively impacted the author’s life by not being separated from his father. “Naturally, we refused to be separated” (20). Hypothetically, if Elie left with his sisters, his father would have no motivation to survive by not knowing if his family is
Elie and his dad at one point had that father son relationship anyone could live for, but now they both rely on each other if they need something. Elie is forcing himself to be the strongest of both of them. Elie thinks without his dad he could be living better because his dad is his “weak point”, because when someone you love is very likely to die and your love can be used by your enemies to get you to give them what they want or need. Elie looks as it as his father used to watch over him and take care of him but now it’s the other way around. He thinks that he can’t take as good of care for his father as his father did for him.
This is a story about a boy during the Holocaust. He is a Jew who gets moves to a concentration camp with his father. In order to stay alive he must work. Work is hard to do in the health that he has, but he has to stay strong for both him and his father. Staying strong is hard from the conditions, but because of his father's love he seems to make it out alive.