Analysis Of Night By Elie Wiesel's Night

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15 years old. Summer. You should be tanning in the bright summer sun or riding your newly bought bike around the path by the lake. Insted, your role has flipped and you are caring for your sick father who is dying, something someone at this age should never have to experience. The Holocaust based texts Night by Elie Wiesel and the film the Last Days produced by Steven Spielberg, are well thought out examples of the young struggling while turning their backs on their youth. All of these examples showcase the struggle teens and young children faced during their time in ghettos and camps. In dire circumstances, these texts argue that Holocaust children are forced to abandon their youth. In the memoir Night, a boy’s youth becomes unapparent after witnessing only a few of the many horrors in Auschwitz. After being deported to a concentration camp and separated from all family members besides his father, Elie realizes that his youth will soon be distant. Shortly after entering the camp his father asks the guard a question, something not allowed in the camps. He receives a blow to the head as punishment, which surprisingly Elie does not even react to, “What had happened to me? My father had just been struck, in front of me, and I had not even blinked. I had watched and kept silent. Only yesterday, I would have dug my nails into this criminal's flesh. Had I changed that much? So fast?”(39). At this point of their journey, Elie is beginning to realize that he is going to witness actions no innocent boy should have to witness, especially at his age. These thoughts allow him to identify that the youth he once knew will be gone forever. As Elie’s life continues he endures more tests that at his age majority of the people would not have experienced. Elie's father was suffering from dysentery and other maladies. On the night of January 28th in 1945, Elie goes to his bunk in exhaustion with his father still alive and in the bunk below him, “I had to go to sleep. I climbed into my bunk, above my father, who was still alive. The date was January 28, 1945”(112). In the morning, Elie wakes up to a new person in the bed where his father had laid. Elie realizes that he has no emotion left to show, especially not sympathy, “I

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