Abraham Miller states that “A man begins to die when he ceases to expect anything from tomorrow.” Likewise, Elie Wiesel says that “...as soon as [Akiba Drumer] felt the first chinks in his faith, he lost all incentive to fight and opened the door the death… When he lost all hope, he stopped trying to survive.” (77) Three days later, Akiba Drumer was sent to the crematorium after essentially “offering his next to the executioner.” Akiba Drumer may have died in flames, but he was dead the moment, “I can’t go on… It’s over…” (78) left his mouth. In the end, his lack of hope led to his end.
Eliezer Wiesel knew his father was growing weaker and weaker during their later months in concentration camps, but his father was his sole source of hope. Albeit knowing he would be better off without his father, Eliezer stayed by him; as a result, he was beaten, forced to give up soup, bread, a tooth; yet, he refused to give up. Through everything, he refused to die while his father was still alive. On one instance, Wiesel …show more content…
As long as his father was alive, Eliezer had enough hope to live.
After being transferred to a new camp, Eliezer still tries to find hope in his dying father. After everything they had been through, the loss of his father was still his worst fear. At one point, Eliezer says:
“I tightened my grip on my father's hand. The old, familiar fear: not to lose him… I could have screamed in anger. To have lived and endured so much; was I going to let my father die now? Now that we would be able to take a good hot shower and lie down?” (Wiesel)
When his father begins to die, Eliezer attempts to keep his father alive, to no avail. Near the end of the novel, after his father has been taken away, Eliezer states that he no longer feels the need to chronicle his life anymore, because after his father died, his life did not matter. The loss of Eliezer’s father caused Eliezer to lose all the hope he had remaining inside him.
Even in the midst of despair, humans manage to find hope, even if only in the smallest ways. From their long-loved family members to their religion, the survivors of the Holocaust retained their hope long enough to make it through the months alive, through the hunger, violence, and work the Naizs faced them with. Through everything, they kept hope, and, through everything, they came out alive in the