Disbelief, Family, And Humanity Essay

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Disbelief, Family, and Humanity in Wiesel’s Night
Throughout Night, many of the characters have to do difficult things in order to survive. These processes sometimes involve a son mistreating his father. Ranging from a father not making a bed properly (Wiesel 70) to a son attacking his father (Wiesel 106) are two examples. Elie Wiesel spent his last days as a prisoner at Buchenwald (Unsdorfer 151).
Family is an important theme in Night. The relationship between Elie and his father is the most important relationship in the story (Bosmajian). Before every crucial decision Elie makes in the story, he first asks his father what he should do. Mostly due to if Elie or his father went somewhere the other would go with. For example, when Elie had surgery on his foot and was recovering in bed at Buna. The camp was ordered to evacuate because of the eminent Russian presence. The prisoners in the hospital had a choice either to stay or go with. Elie’s father could have stayed with Elie, but Elie did not want to stay because he did not believe that the Nazis would let the sick and injured behind to live (Wiesel 88).
Being together with his father was his top priority to Elie. When they first arrived in Auschwitz and were separated by gender and then ability to work. Elie was assessed before his father and stalled afterwards in order to see which way the Nazis would send his father, and luckily he was sent the same way Elie had. Elie did not bother to worry if their situation was good or…

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