Literary Night By Elie Wiesel

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Literary Night Essay Strong bonds built upon trust and dependability can last a lifetime, especially through strenuous moments when the integrity of a bond is the only thing that can be counted on to get through those situations. In Elie Wiesel’s memoir, Night, he writes about his life spent in the concentration camps, while explaining the experiences and struggles that he went through. Although, not everything during that period was completely unbearable for Wiesel. At the time when Wiesel first arrived at the camps, the fear instilled in Wiesel and the loneliness he would have felt forced him to form a stronger attachment to his father. That dependence towards his father gave Wiesel a reason to keep on living. In turn, his…show more content…
Wiesel also felt the same because he recounts “My hand shifted on my father’s arm. I had one thought: not to lose him. Not to be left alone” (27). This was the first step to them strengthening their ties to one another and their dependence on each other only grew stronger from this point on. His father shows more concern for Wiesel emotionally than he ever has before. He explains to Wiesel “‘It’s a shame… a shame that you couldn’t have gone with your mother[...]’ [...] His voice was terribly sad. I realized that he did not want to see what they were going to do to me. He did not want to see the burning of his only son. [ …] He was weeping. His body was shaken convulsively” (30-31). The father is only expressing his sorrow for his son, not that he himself will also be burned to death in that situation, or so they thought at the time. This strong bond built between both father and son has truly benefited them both and helped them to survive the Holocaust and its’ horrible conditions in both emotional support and physical support. They both look out for each other, stick together, and confide in each other. For example, when Wiesel’s father became sick, he looked almost dead when he was asleep. A man told the others who were throwing corpses out to throw the father out as well. Wiesel, once indifferent to all the other bodies being thrown out, now states, “I woke from my apathy just
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