Maimouna Gueye01/27/18EnglishMs.Mangano Father and Son RelationshipHave you ever wondered why Eliezer relationship with his father changed so quickly? In Night a memoir written by Elie Wiesel.
Elie recounts his horrifying experiences as a Jewish boy under Nazi control. He was one of the minorities of Jews to survive the Holocaust during World War II. The relationship between Elie and his father changed throughout the book because they had a strong bond relationship and then wanted to be seperated.Elie’s relationship with his father changed throughout their journey in the concentration camp. For example, according to page 32, it states, ” The baton pointed to the left. I took half a step forward. I first wanted to see where they would send my father.
Were he to have gone to the right, I would have run after him”. In addition according to page 30, it states, ” My hand tightened its grip on my father. All I could think of was not to lose him.
Not to remain alone.” These quotes show that Elie and his father demonstrated a normal father and son relationship because Elie always wanted to stay close to his father he was not ready for life without him. He needed his father protection and guidance while they were at the concentration camp.Elie began to care less about his father. This can be seen on page 39 ” I stood petrified. What had happened to me? My father has just been struck in front of me and I had not even blinked.
I had watched and kept silent”. Furthermore, according to page 106, it states, ” Yet at the same time a thought crept in my mind: If only I didn’t find him if only I relieved of this responsibility, I could use all my strength to fight for my own survival to take care only of myself.” These quotes demonstrate that Elie cares less about his father because he watched the Nazis abuse his father and, though he did not react at all. Also, he wanted to be separated from his father so that he can finally just worry about himself and no one else.In conclusion, Elie and his father struggled to balance their relationship in Nazis concentration camp.
In the beginning, the two had a strong relationship and care for each at the camp. By the end, their relationship changes dramatically as it begins to fall apart because Eliezer realizes that he has a better chance of surviving on his on.