Reflection On The Book Night

1335 WordsJul 16, 20176 Pages
NIGHT REFLECTIONS Even after seventy years, the Holocaust still proves to be the most horrific and haunting tragedy in human history. No one can ever forget the horrors, especially the lucky survivors of the tragedy whose memories are now the constant reminder of the pain, and terror inflicted upon them. Determined to never let the same thing happen again, many Holocaust survivors decided to transform their nightmares into heart wrenching account of hope, fear, and sorrow. Elie Wiesel is one of those brave men, and women who agree to share the dark time of his life in his heartbreaking, and utterly real memoir Night. In Night, Elie used his raw, and emotional experience to force the readers to reexamine the prominent roles that fear,…show more content…
Like Elie, Rabbi Eliahou’s son has let fear dictate his judgement as he let his father die for a chance to survive. To him, the father-son bond has ceased to exist. His father has become an anchor pulling him down. Thus, when the chance comes, he let the fear of death took control and get rid of his father. Funnily how the butterfly effect works. As Rabbi Eliahou’s son’s fear causes him to desert his father, it also creates a new fear in Elie Wiesel: fear of treating his father the same Rabbi Eliahou was treated by his son. Upon realizing what the fear of death has done, Elie prays to God: “My God, Lord of the Universe, give me strength never to do what Rabbi Eliahou's son has done” (87). It is clear to readers how important his father is to him. They have been together since the first selection at Birkenau. Elie shows many times throughout his memoir how his father is the only reason for him to continue surviving. In a way, Elie is using his father as a reminder not to lose all of his humanity. To Elie, abandoning his father means losing all his humanity, and whatever makes him human. Thus, the idea of deserting his father because of fear is frightening beyond the doubt. From the examples shown above, Elie portrays the fears and how they are used against humanity during the Holocaust. Silence is arguably one of the most developed theme in Night, and is shown throughout the book. Moshe the Beadle, after failing to convince
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