Elie Wiesel Reflection

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The date is April 11, 1945. A 17 year old boy looks towards the ominous gates of the Buchenwald concentration camp after nearly two years of misery and sees his first sign of hope: an American tank standing at the entrance of the gates. This young boy was Elie Wiesel, a survivor of the gruesome events that occurred in concentration camps during WWII. Elie shares a chilling memoir about his experience in his book Night. Throughout the novel, Elie and other Jewish inmates constantly used their families as their primary motive to overcome hardships even while being challenged by tough circumstances. Elie mentions several times throughout the novel that he overcame trials by having his father by his side. When separated from his mother and…show more content…
After marching outside in the freezing weather for days, Elie’s father starts to sleep in the convoy. During his sleep, two “gravediggers” enter the convoy and assume that Elie’s father, Shlomo Wiesel, is dead and they try to throw him out to make room. Elie refuses to believe that his father is dead and desperately tries to wake him up, throwing himself at his body (99). Elie goes into great detail how he tried to wake his father up, saying “I slapped him. I rubbed his hands, crying” and “I started to hit him harder and harder. At last, my father half opened his eyes” (99). Without Elie being there to wake his father up, Shlomo would have been thrown outside in the cold, left to die. Later on, when Elie’s father is deathly ill with dysentery, Elie takes the role of a caregiver and helps his father live a little longer. He would take his father back to his cot and help him lie down (109). Elie also starts to give his father extra rations of bread and water even though deep down, Elie knows it won’t help cure his father from his illness. Every time Elie’s dad pleaded for water, Elie knew “that he must not drink. But he pleaded with me so long that I gave in” (110). Mr. Wiesel relied on Elie more than ever at this time in his life to help him stay alive for one more day even though his future was bleak. Although Shlomo was getting weaker by the day, he needed Elie, his only son, to stay with him and help

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