Examples Of Survival In Night By Elie Wiesel

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The novel Night by Elie Wiesel tells the story of Elie’s experiences during the Holocaust.Throughout the novel there are three important themes that readers notice. The novel starts in sighet Romania where Elie was born on September 26, 1928. He had 3 sisters they was a Jewish family and their faith in God played an important role in not only their lives but in many other Jewish families lives. In 1944, Elie’s Jewish community in sighet was sent to Auschwitz one of the deadliest Concentration Camps against their will. Elie was 15 years old when he and his family were deported and were eventually separated. While with his father Elie experiences what family,survival and faith could do to a man and how they could entirely change him.
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But deep inside, I knew that to sleep meant to die. And something in me rebelled against that death (Wiesel 89). This shows that instead of Elie saying he quits and just die he had the will to survive and stayed awake when he was very weak and didn’t have anything in his stomach to have energy from.Another example of survival was when the Nazis and Jewish people were in the snow and the Nazis were putting them in train carts with no roof and a man started to eat snow off of another Jewish mans back.“Someone had the idea of quenching his thirst by eating snow. Soon, we were all imitating him” (Wiesel 96). The reason this was an important moment was because even though the SS officers were laughing the Jewish men were craving something to eat and survive. Also this shows that the Nazis broke the Jewish men and made them feel like they were an animal. Last, during the selection Elie’s father was sent to the left because he was weak and could barely walk to be killed so Elie ran after his father and an SS officer yelled for him to come back which made several officers run to find him creating a distraction for other Jewish people to switch to the right side including Elie and his father.“The SS officers were doing the selection the weak went to the left to be killed those who walked well to the right (Wiesel 96). Elie created a little comotion to confuse the guards so he could save his father’s life and helped other Jewish men survive without even trying to save

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