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Fatherhood In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Fatherhood Time to be honest, not all sons and fathers truly get along that well. Many iconic stories revolve around the possible conflicts that can erupt between a father and son. Stories like this include Star Wars, Things Fall Apart, or even Romeo and Juliet. In other well known stories, fathers and sons can have an iconic loving relationship. Some of these positive relationships are displayed in The Odyssey, To Kill A Mockingbird, and even Les Miserables. In the novel, Night, by Elie Wiesel, there are a variety of father son relationships displayed throughout their time spent in concentration camps. Elie demonstrates different father son relationships through sons that abandon fathers, fathers that abandon sons, and how the main characters…show more content…
Often in the camps, it was difficult to ensure that you were kept with a relative at all times. It was very common to be split up in the first place. However, young men still felt a small glimmer of safety in the presence of their father. As time passes and their spirits are broken, age often gets the better of the fathers. When the father gets too weak to continue or loses hope, the son can only hold onto their own willpower. Sooner or later, young men must make a choice to either stay as long as possible to help their fathers, or leave them to die. Towards the end of the novel, the son of the Rabbi leaves his father frantically searching for him. It is expressed that the father has become too much of the burden, and the son succumbed into the primal state of self preservation. “It happened on the road. We lost sight of one another during the journey. I fell behind a little...I didn’t have the strength to run anymore. And my son didn’t notice,” (91). The Rabbi thought it was an accident, but Eliezer saw the boy look back and keep going. The boy thought he could no longer care for his weakening father, and would increase his chances for survival if he went on his
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