Father and Son Relationship in Elie Wiesel´s Night

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The Holocaust will forever be known as one of the largest genocides ever recorded in history. 11 million perished, and 6 million of the departed were Jewish. The concentration camps where the prisoners were held were considered to be the closest one could get to a living hell. There is no surprise that the men, women, and children there were afraid. One was considered blessed to have a family member alongside oneself. Elie Wiesel was considered to be one of those men, for he had his father working side by side with him. In the memoir Night, by Elie Wiesel, a young boy and his father were condemned to a concentration camp located in Poland. In the concentration camps, having family members along can be a great blessing, but also a burden.…show more content…
They do not display great signs of public affection towards each other; rather they aid each other in order to survive. An exceptional example of this would be the time Wiesel reveals, “I decided to give my father lessons myself, to teach him to change step, and to keep to the rhythm” (Wiesel 53). He needed to assist his father with marching because Wiesel could not handle watching his father get beaten again. Wiesel tries doing everything he can to make sure his father is doing well. In some instances, Wiesel would put his father before himself. When Wiesel is getting whipped, he can only think of what his father has gone through. Wiesel admits, “I was thinking of my father. He must have suffered more than I did” (Wiesel 56). This experience makes Wiesel recognize that what he is going through is only physical, and for a father to see his son getting whipped without being able to do anything can really hurt. His father is his only hope, and Wiesel was his father’s. Wiesel truly want to be with his father, for he explains, “I ran outside to look for him” (Wiesel 78). Wiesel proves how much he loves and cares for his father when he risks re-injury and re-infection of his foot just to see him. When his father finally passes away, Wiesel seems to be broken. The man who kept him alive this whole time was finally gone. Wiesel recalls, “I did not weep, and it pained me that I could not weep.” (Wiesel 106).

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