Essay about Father And Son By Elie Wiesel
The horrific tragedies of World War II killed six million innocent Jewish people in concentration camps created by the Nazis. Unsurprisingly, there have been thousands of stories written by survivors of these camps. Elie Wiesel, the author of Night, is one of these survivors. In the book Night, he recounts details of his horrific experience within the camps. This essay expands on the father-and-son relationships within the book, and how they change through time due to the horrific life in the concentration camp and losing their families.
At the very beginning of the book, we learn of the barely-there relationship Elie Wiesel and his father have. Unlike a normal father and son relationship, they hardly ever spoke or spent time with each other. In fact, Elie Wiesel wrote that his father “…was more concerned with others than with his own family” (2). This is an almost bitter statement, showcasing how he perceives his father’s scarce involvement with his family’s life.
Eventually, Elie meets a man named Moshe the Beadle, and he becomes almost a replacement for Mr. Wiesel. Moshe begins Elie’s studies of the cabbala, also known as the Zohar. Elie had tried asking his father before, but his father refused, insisting that Elie “’…too young…’” and quoted Maimonides saying “’…it was only at thirty that one had the right to venture into the perilous world of mysticism.’” Therefore, Moshe and Elie met for hours most days, reviewing and talking about the cabbala.…