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Night- Short ResponseIn the memoir Night, by Elie Wiesel, one of the main themes is family, more specifically the relationship between father and son. For many people, family is something that they value the most. In the beginning, the first priority of many of the inmates is to avoid separating from their family members and not to lose them. However as the book progresses, the prisoners are more concerned about surviving on their own rather than taking care of their loved ones, who have become a burden. Elie later feels the same way about his old and sick father, but tries to take care of him as much as he can.The most important thing that gives Elie the strength to fight this ‘battle,’ is his family. In the beginning, when the police were …show more content…
The maid that worked at Elie’s home asked his family to come to her house to stay with her, but Elie denied the request because he did not want to leave his family. Later, when males and females were separated at the concentration camps, all Elie “could think of was not to lose [his father]. Not to remain alone” (Wiesel 30). Elie’s lifeline was his father and his ultimate goal was to stay with him and make sure that he was safe and not alone. During one of the selections, Elie and his father were sent into two different lines because Elie could walk fine but his father struggled. Elie immediately follows his father. Even though Elie knew that there could be a possibility for him to be shot by an officer, he did not want to risk losing his father. Elie and his father are only alive because they are stay together and take care of each other. When Elie and his dad had to evacuate the camp from Buna and run to Gleiwitz, Elie was tired and he wanted to give up hope. But while he was running, …show more content…
Elie’s father becomes very ill and weak, and is diagnosed with dysentery. Elie tries his very best to help his father. No matter how many times Elie explains to his father that they would return home soon, “I knew that I was no longer arguing with him but with Death itself, with Death that he had already chosen” (Wiesel 105). His father has grown so weak that he has lost hope. Elie feels a sense of helplessness because he is not able to do anything for his father. His father’s illness makes him very fragile and vulnerable, and unable to do anything. Elie tries his very best to fulfill all his wishes, but he struggles to do so. Although Elie is aware of the fact that his father is going to die soon, he tries his best to give him as much as hope as he possibly can.When he moves on with the mob and remembers that his father was with him, “a thought crept into my mind: if only I didn’t find him! If only I were relieved of this responsibility, I could use all my strength to fight for my survival…Instantly, I felt ashamed, ashamed of myself forever” (Wiesel 106). Elie knows that his father is a threat to his survival because he is sick and can no longer do anything. However, Elie is guilty of even thinking this about his father. The Blockälteste also advises Elie that he needs to move on without his dad. He tells him that in concentration camp, there is no such thing as a father, and

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