A Relationship Between Fathers And Sons Being Broken By Selfish Acts

1234 Words Mar 11th, 2015 5 Pages
Rough times can turn a dysfunctional relationship into an unbreakable bond, however, they can also shatter the sturdiest of relationships, forever. In Elie Wiesel’s legendary book, Night, Wiesel vividly describes his and his father’s lives in the concentration camps during the Holocaust. During the book, the connection between Elie and his father, Shlomo Wiesel, slowly transitions from a broken father-son relationship to the point where they would risk their lives for one another. Initially, when their lives are rather laid-back, Shlomo and Elie do not find much in common with one another, and Shlomo blockades Elie’s highly sought-after scholarly dreams. However, once the Wiesels find themselves in the camp, the impending death of those around them brings life to the bond between them. Finally, the text illustrates many other relationships between fathers and sons being broken by selfish acts. In Night, Elie Wiesel illustrates how stressful times can change a relationship through the Wiesels ruined tie in their hometown of Sighet, the rapid development of their bond in the camps, and the failure of numerous other relations. By the climax of Night, Elie and Shlomo Wiesel’s connection has gradually evolved into the epitome of father-son relationships; however, not long before the birth of this resilient bond, the father and son scarcely understood each other. Early on in the novel, Elie portrays his father as a “cultured man, rather unsentimental. He [also] rarely display[s]…
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