Night, by Eliezer Wiesel Essay

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Throughout a person’s life, he or she expects to have a significant person who will always be there to help out with any given task. The first thought in one’s mind reveals an apparent image of a mother or father, caring for their child. Parents remain as constant representations of how one should care for another; they exhibit protective instincts their children become accustom to, and one would not know how to carry on without their guidance. Presented through the topics of assets, losses, and differing questions in his autobiography Night, Eliezer Wiesel displays the idea of how changing circumstances can cause one to contemplate everything they once held to be true and finite. Every person needs an anchor, someone…show more content…
Another remarkable example of the idea that one’s family can be his or her anchor shows up when Elie runs into his relative Stein. Elie recalls Stein saying, “‘The only thing that keeps me alive […] is to know that Reizel and the little ones are still alive. Were it not for them, I would give up’” (Wiesel 45). A clear statement of how much Stein’s family means to him, Elie lies to him, saying that they all continue to be safe. The thought of his family out of harm’s way brings peace to Stein’s troubled mind. The instance with Stein’s peace of mind appears identical to the speaker in “Ballad of Birmingham” when “The mother smiled to know that her child Was in the sacred place” (Randall 22-23). Knowing of her child’s whereabouts eases the mother’s mind. The mother expresses concern in previous lines of Randall’s poem, stating premonitions such as “the dogs are fierce and wild, And clubs and hoses, guns and jails” (6-7) and “I fear those guns will fire” (14). On an opposing side, Rabbi Eliahu’s son abandons his father in fear that his chances of surviving will be altered for the worse. Despite this unsightly fact, Rabbi Eliahu asks, “Perhaps someone here has seen my son?” (Wiesel 90). He hopes he may find his son, who he holds dear as his anchor. Inevitably, loss remains an ever-present reminder of how
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