Night-Father/Son Relationship Essay examples

778 Words Apr 1st, 2013 4 Pages
Chloe Kennison
Honors English 10
Mr. MacNamee
April 3, 2013 1

Relationship: From Night to Day (Rough Draft)

In the short but gripping memoir named “Night,” author Elie (Eliezer) Wiesel deeply reflects on his experiences in various concentration camps with his father during the Holocaust. Before the Jews were shipped off to incessant fear and starvation, Elie’s father didn’t have a significant relationship with his family, particularly Elie. After they were shipped away and got separated from the females in their family, however, Elie and his father became close and by the end of the book, they were each others’ strength. “Night” shows a distinct change of relationship between Elie and his father: it
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8). The fact that his father had taken better care of community affairs than his family shows that his family-relationship is weak and distant. Shortly following, on page 19, Elie’s father begins to cry. Elie states that he had never before seen him cry. This is a key changing point in Elie’s father’s behavior that is the beginning of a stronger father-son relationship. As the days in the concentration camps (whichever location they may be) get more unbearable, their relationship grows stronger and Eliezer becomes more dependent on his father, rather than God, for survival and faith. On page 29, when men and women are separated, Elie’s father instantly grabs Elie’s hand. Elie says “it is imperative to stay together,” talking about himself and his father. As this chapter continues, Elie’s father continues to show emotion that Eliezer hadn’t even known existed. On page 43, when a relative (named Stein) finds them, Elie’s father doesn’t recognize him because of how caught up he was in communal affairs; this is where he realizes that he probably should have paid more attention to his family. Stein kept visiting them in their block, bringing them rations of food and pieces of advice. One time he said, “…the only thing keeping me alive is knowing that Reizel and the little ones are still alive,” and he was not to be seen again. This must have impacted Eliezer’s relationship with his

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