Night And Unbroken Theme Analysis

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For such a small word, “Family,” can mean so much. In a dictionary one may read family as people with common ancestors, but a true family is people who stick together and support one another at any cost. Both books, Night by Elie Wiesel, and, Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand display the theme of family relationships throughout the story. First, the theme family is portrayed by staying with family until extenuating circumstances make it impossible to be together. In Night, a quote that illustrates sticking together is, “If you wish, go there. I shall stay here with your mother and the little one…Naturally, we refused to be separated.” (pg 171) In this example, rather than going to a safe shelter with his former maid, Eliezer put himself in …show more content…

In Unbroken, a strong quote that demonstrates this theme is, “[Pete] told the principle that Louie craved attention but had never won it in the form of praise, so he sought it in the form of punishment. If Louie were recognized for doing something right, Pete argued, he’d turn his life around.” This quote supports the theme strongly because of all the bad situations Louie got himself into, Pete still always had unconditional support and faith in him, and in this scenario believed he was just a little lost and misguided. Constant belief and support is one reason why family is so important, so someone always has a person they can count on to help them when they need it, whether they know it or not. The last way family is shown in both the books Night and Unbroken is through teamwork. In Night, both Eliezer and his father protected one another. An example of this is a quote on page 89. Eliezer’s father states, “Don’t worry son. Go to sleep. I’ll watch over you,” and then Eliezer responds, “You first, Father. Sleep,” This quote shows how both Eliezer and his father had each others back, and worked together, for one another to ensure each other had the life they deserved. An example of teamwork in the book unbroken is in a passage from page 98-99, “Louie shouted to the cockpit for help. Phil yelled back that he was losing control of the plane and needed Cuppernell. Louie said that this was a dire emergency.

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