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.
Product of Your Raisin’ In the short story “Barn Burning” the main character is in a constant struggle between family loyalty and what he is beginning to know is morally right and wrong. Even though the story takes place after the Civil War, the conflict that the young Sarty faces is still relevant today: answering the question of if a person can be more than who they were raised to be. William Faulkner writes about the struggles a young boy faces when battling the inherited characteristics of his “blood”, the influences of his upbringing, and the realization that the strongest role model in his life, namely his father, is not a good one.
John was an only person building an invisible barrier between him and his boy. He chose to be irresponsible and distant from his son, which engendered "their distance one from the other was greater than ever"(page 3). Secondly, he prioritized alcohol, which could strongly control his life and made him become irresponsible. For instance, "on the evening of the banquet, he was a little late getting home, having stopped in for a few drinks with a customer"(page 3). Another evidence is the detail when John poured a drink right after his wife asked him to go to the banquet.
He was able to continuously replenish his weak, old father little by little by making sacrifices such as by giving up his “ration of bread and soup” (110) due to his health and youth. But one aspect that he did not notice was that “every man for himself and . . . each of us lives and dies alone” (110). Elie does not discard his hopes of killing two birds with one stone, until at the end of the novel, when the doctor points out
Then, he thinks of his dad and by the end of the story realizes his dad just wants the best for him because Greg is his father’s treasure and Greg’s treasure is his father. All in all, a treasure doesn’t have to cost a lot in money just in love.
During the Buchenwald raid Elie leaves his father behind and flees for shelter not taking into consideration that there is a possibility that his father could die. Elie says in an unruly manner “I had no that he was on the road, on the brink of death, and yet I abandoned him” (101) this proves Elie has opened his eyes to the reality and started to fend for himself putting his faith aside. In another circumstance, on the verge of dying Chlomo shouted to Elie to get him a drop of coffee and some soup but Elie stated to himself. His last words was my name, a summon in which I did not respond.” (106) this gives the illusion that we see a change in Elie character, he is not the same loving son he was in the beginning, he has set aside his faith in order for him to survive.
The quote “Pangs of hunger melted my resentment of my father away, and now that he was gone I longed night and day for his return” represents the daily suffering that Johannes had to endure daily in his childhood, with meals being a prized scarcity everyday (80). The suffering was also represented in the author’s description of how his father and his mother were beaten badly by the policemen of South Africa. Hate is also another key theme of this novel, with the quote “He tore me away from my mother and lashed me... She tried to intervene, but my father shoved her aside and promised her the same” showing how even a person he trusted dearly, his father, resorted to showing cruel acts of hate to his family (100). These two themes were the overarching emphasis on the childhood life of Mark
A good deal of Vladek’s behavior in both Maus 1 and 2 could be considered incredibly dominating. During one of Artie’s visits in the first book, Vladek makes the decision to throw away his son’s jacket without asking him first and replacing it with a new one, because the old one looked worn out. Another example takes place before the jacket incident, when Art is sitting at the table with his father and Mala. Vladek demands Aert finish the rest of the food on his plate, treating Art more like a child than the grown man he actually is. In the second book, Vladek continues to display domineering behavior.
I try to explain that Mam has the disease and I'm worn out trying to make ends meet, keeping the home fires burning, getting lemonade for Mam and bread for my brothers.” This illustrates Frankie living out his role as a provider and being motivated by not becoming what his father once was. In addition, the struggle to make idealisms meet in regards to Malachy and Angela is a motive responsible for their family transformation. Malachy was fixated on feeding his addiction, while Angela wanted to provide for her family. The inability to make these ends meet ultimately tore apart the two’s bond and overall family.
In the book Night, Elie, the narrator, experiences some very onerous situations with his father. One of the situations that Elie and his father experience involves being forced to run from Buna to another concentration camp called Gleiwitz. While travelling to the next camp, Elie reflects on death and how easy it might be to stop attempting to survive. Elie even states that without his father he would not have been able to continue running and he would have eventually given up rather than continue to survive. His father's presence is the one thing that keeps Elie running and without this presence he might have fallen out of rank and been killed by the SS or the bitter cold.
The second time a son had abandoned a father of theirs is when Rabbi Eliahou had frantically searched for his son during The Death March, which is what happened near the end of the war when the Germans began losing. They would round up prisoners and load them up into train cars with little food, water, and other essential things we need as humans. In fact the poor rabbi 's son had actually left to better suit and nourish his way through the camp without having his dying father drag him down. When Elie 's father was nearing the end of his life Elie had tried to help anyway he could.
The small town of Sighet, also known as Sighetu Marmatiei, is located today in Transylvania, Romania. Through the years, Sighet has had strong ties to the Jewish religion, just as it does today. The town has been part of both Romania and Hungary at times, and has seen a decreasing number of residents since 1944. During the 1940s, anti-Jewish sentiment was at its peak, with Adolf Hitler being the face of the anti-Jewish movement. By 1944, World War I had started, and more than 14,000 Jews resided in Sighet, but by the end of May of the same year, none remained, and Sighet was comparable to a ghost town.
Hope is a powerful thing; more powerful than death itself. Night, by Elie Wiesel, is about a jewish boy who is put into a concentration camp during the Holocaust. Elie doubted his faith to survive but had others to lean on during the hardship. Elie had the support of others as a sense of hope to survive the long, cold nights, with little food and water.
In the novel Night by Elie Wiesel, courage is demonstrated throughout the novel by various characters. To begin, courage was shown when Elie’s father was too weak to continue working and was selected to be killed, so Elie ran after his father, determined not to lose him. Courageously he chased after his father, “... Several SS men rushed to find me, creating such a confusion that a number of people were able to switch over to the right-among them my father and I. Still, there were gunshots and some dead” (Wiesel 96).
Death was the best thing that could have happened to Elie WIesel. In his book, night, he has to overcome some of the most gruesome experiences ever read about, and it’s a true story. He had to get over working in terrible conditions, get over losing his family, and forget his future as his faith was lost. To start off, Elie had to get over the unbearable dilemma of losing multiple members of his family. It is unimaginable to lose any family members in such a horrid way, but that was only one of the barriers he had to face.