The Loss Of Hope In Night By Elie Wiesel

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In all situations where survival is scarce, hope is often needed to survive. The Holocaust is an example of a situation where survival is scarce because very few people survived and most inmates died. In this situation hope is needed because the want to survive is based off hope and without hope the probability of surviving is not good. From the start of Night by Elie Wiesel, Elie the main character shows the importance of hope. From the time he first arrives at Auschwitz to when his father dies he might have moments when he loses hope but deep down he still turns to hope for his survival. Though at times he may show signs of loss of hope he still utilizes hope for his survival. In the Holocaust memoir Night, Elie Wiesel uses the motif of loss of hope to convey the idea that when faced with extreme circumstances, it helps to have a reason to keep going, so that a person can withstand the challenges. Throughout the book Elies reason to keep going is often tied to his father's survival. He physically supports his father's survival by getting him food and taking care of his dad, he also contributes emotionally by providing his father mental support. Elie ends up spending what's little of his time and energy helping his dad rather than himself. Elie realizes the importance of family in this situation because of his surroundings. When Elie is on the Train from Gleiwitz to Buchenwald, the train is packed with prisoners and the thought of food is non existent. “My
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