Night Critical Abdoul Bikienga Johann Schiller once said “It is not flesh and blood, but the heart which makes us fathers and sons”. But what happens when the night darkens our hearts our hearts? The Holocaust memoir Night does a phenomenal job of portraying possibly the most horrifying outcomes in such a situation. Through subtle and effective language, Wiesel is able to put into words the fearsome experiences he and his father went through in Auschwitz during the Holocaust. In his holocaust memoir, Night, Elie Wiesel utilizes imagery to show the effect that self-preservation can have on father son relationships.
Themes in a story help to describe what the book is about. It does this in the book Night by helping describe what World War 2 was like for the Jews. It also helps to see what the people in the camps went through. My two themes from night are imprisonment and survival. The first one I will talk about is imprisonment, then i’ll talk about survival.
During the years of 1933-1945 the Holocaust separated and killed many Jewish families. Night, a memoir by Elie Wiese,l is the story of a young Jewish boy and his family going through dehumanizing situations in Concentration Camps. In those situations the father-son relationship it grew stronger each time. The relationship progresses from to almost nothing to never wanting to be separate from each other to feeling relief and guilt.
In the book Night, we the readers witness the hardships and struggles in Elie’s life during the traumatic holocaust. The events that take place in this story are unbearable and are thought to be demented in modern times. In the beginning Elie is shown as a normal teenage Jewish boy, but the events are so drastic that we the readers forget how he was like in the beginning. Changes were made to Elie during the book, whether they were minor or major. The changes generated from himself, the journey, and other people. The holocaust makes physical and mental alterations to Elie’s life, and this tells the reader that the people who did this are effective and impacting, also it shows that Elie’s mind is controlled by what he was experiencing.
Elie started out as a very happy Jewish boy with a loving family and a happy home. Towards the end of the holocaust Elie feels little to no emotion. On page 48 he writes, “I want to stay with my father.” Elie is desperate to stay with his only family member he has contact with. This soon changes.
The delusion that one day the Jewish people would know peace. As noted in the novel Night, Elie Wiesel the narrator describes the Holocaust. " Hunger-thirst-fear-transportation-selection-fire-chimney: these words all have intrinsic meaning, but in those times, they meant something else" (Wiesel ix). The novel Night gives the perspective of the Holocaust through a young man 's eyes.
Elie 's inaction or inability to help his father and his guilt for not doing so helped Elie to shape the person he has become now is because he kept on realizing his stand on the situation on the harsh behavior towards his father. As he starts to live more with his father he became started to realize how important he was to him and how important he is for him. In the book Night, Chapter 7, when Elie and his after were on the cattle car he said"My father had huddled near me, draped in his blanket, shoulders laden with snow. And what if he were dead as well? I called out to him.
The relationship of elie and his father changed when his father started to get weak and elie needed to take care of him. For example, when the father of Elie got weak, Elie needed to bring him food because the father couldn't stand by himself. Consequently, a random person came and told eli to stop giving him his rations of food because he was going to die anyways. As an effect, Elie thought about it and got really sad because he knew he was going to die. As a result, Elie's
When the two arrive at Birkenau, Elie clings to his father so he does not lose him. When Chlomo is picked in selection he gives Elie his inheritance. When Elis 's father died, Elie grieved deeply for him. Because of that, Elie begins to lose his fight for life. The death of Chlomo had changed Elie and scared him for life. "
Elie’s relationship with his dad over the course of the story changed drastically. The quote, “My father was running left to right exhausted, consoling friends,” (pg 15) shows the reader that Elie 's father tried to keep everyone calm, which means he always did the same for Elie. That shows they had a strong relationship at the start of the story. Accordingly, the quote, “Father! Father!
“Yes, you can lose somebody overnight, yes, your whole life can be turned upside down. Life is short. It can come and go like a feather in the wind.”- Shania Twain. At times, it appears unviable for one’s life to transform overnight in just a few hours. However, this is something various individuals experienced in soul and flesh as they were impinged by those atrocious memoirs of the Holocaust. In addition, the symbolism portrayed throughout the novel Night, written by Elie Wiesel, presents an effective fathoming of the feelings and thoughts of what it’s like to undergo such an unethical circumstance. For instance, nighttime plays a symbolic figure throughout the progression of the story as its used to symbolize death, darkness of the soul,
The empathy he felt for his father is what drove him to stay alive, to fight for his life. Without his father, he would have given into exhaustion long before the American tanks arrived at the camp. Elie's father gave him strength, therefore giving him resilience. Strong people are resilient people; it took everything Elie had to keep himself alive. In the times he wanted so badly just to lie down, to give up it was his father's presence which kept him alive.
“I ran off to look for my father. And at the same time I was afraid of having to wish him a Happy New Year when I no longer believed in it,” (Wiesel, 75). Earlier, Elie talks about how he felt powerful and stronger than God himself, now that he was free from the Almighty. He also talks about how he felt alone but strong. Later, he shows retaliation against God.
Shockingly, Elie and his family were ones to be put into a camp called Auschwitz. When they arrived at the camp, Elie and his dad got isolated from his mom and younger sibling, and from that point on he and his dad did not lose each other. In the book Night, Elie had a great deal of confidence, however as you see all through the story it gets harder for him to keep the confidence he