Reflection On The Book Night

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What would it do to a person to go to a concentration camp, see the horrible things, and come out alive? This book, Night, is about Eliezer Wiesel, who is both the main character and the author. Elie’s book is a memorial about his experience in Hitler’s concentration camps, what he went through, and how he survived. This paper is going to be about Eliezer’s horrific experience and the ways that it changed him. One of the horrific moments that Eliezer went through is the time the small boy got hung and it took half an hour for him to die. “But the third rope was still moving: the child, too light, was still breathing… And so remained for more than half an hour…” (Weisel 65) This changed him a lot because he knew how brutal the world…show more content…
An event very related to his feeling after his father’s death was when he saw the mob of people fighting over the bread and he saw a child kill his own father just for a piece of bread: His eyes lit up, a smile, like a grimace, illuminated his ashen face. And was immediately extinguished. A shadow had lain down beside him. And this shadow threw itself over him. Stunned by the blows, the old man was crying: “Mier, my little Mier! Don’t you recognize me… You’re killing your father… I have bread… for you too… for you too…” He collapsed. But his fist was still clutching a small crust. He wanted to raise it to his mouth. But the other threw himself on him. The old man mumbled something, groaned, and died. Nobody cared. His son searched him, took the crust of bread, and began to devour it. (Weisel 101) The boy killed his father without any sign of grief or hesitation just so that he could have a simple piece of bread. Eliezer knew he could never do something like this to his father, but he was thinking about just letting him die, so that he wouldn’t have to deal with him. Even with this thought he was able to resist the urge, unlike the Rabbi’s son. “...Separation to free himself of a burden…” (Weisel 91) The Rabbi’s son had left his father so that he would have better chances of survival. These events led Eliezer to realize how people, including himself, could change while trying to survive inside one of Hitler’s concentration camps. These three events,
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