Perseverance In Night

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Through character’s hope and perseverance in his memoir Night, Elie Wiesel conveys the theme that the love one holds for another is what fuels their will survive under strain. The Jews displacement by the Nazi’s downgraded them from their homes to filthy, plague-ridden, sewer like boxes of concrete that was Auschwitz. As a result of this many forgot their purpose to be alive. Wiesel shows that the need to survive those conditions was only supported by a sense of duty to one’s family to be there. When Stein says “Were it not for them, I would give up,”(45) he shows that their survival is the only thing keeping him upright. His family is his legacy, his future and his lineage, without which he has no purpose to exist in the camp. This is important,…show more content…
This was wh it was common to lose one’s self and descen into madness at Auschwitz, it was an escape from the reality and torture of the truth of their situation and fate. By being there for each other, Elie Wiesel and his dad can face their lives without drowning in it 's hopelessness. Both father and son have reason to give up and die, but the existence of the their love for each other provides enough reason to persevere. Broken from dehumanization and fueled by self preservation, Elie Wiesel is forced to give up his love for his father in trade for his survival. “He continued to call me… I didn’t move” (111) Elie is giving his rations to Shlomo as well as taking care to stay alive, but he is eventually forced to make a choice by starvation and his father’s illness. Prodded by self preservation and crushed by suffering, he chooses to stop caring for his father and sharing their burden of pain and love. He ignores his father’s please, selfishly searching for relief. The final disappearance of Elie’s love and support removes Shlomo’s last strength and struggle to fight for his life at the edge of death. Without a purpose to float his life on, Shlomo is overcome by the tidal wave of
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