Theme Of Father Son In Night By Elie Wiesel

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The relationship between a father and son is one of the strongest relationships between family members. A son looking after his father might seem unusual, but in unusual circumstances, relationships are often forced to adapt. The father is the mentor and the son should look up to the father for support and guidance. This relationship plays out in Elie Wiesel’s memoir, Night, through the concentration camps. Hitler and the Nazi’s have been deporting Jews to concentration camps and eventually killing them. Wiesel travels through the horrible circumstances. In 1944, Elie Wiesel lives in Hungary with his parents and his three sisters, but they deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau and is split up, but remained with his father. Wiesel describes his experiences traveling through different concentration camps with his father, Shlomo. Wiesel tells about the different people he meets and events that happen. Wiesel meets other fathers and sons, whose relationships are not going well. Elie and his father stick together as they face many challenges. As time went on in the camps the fathers became weaker and their chances of survival decreased. The sons helped their fathers go on, but this would slow the sons down. In his Holocaust memoir Night, Elie Wiesel uses the motif of father-son relationships to show that while there are benefits to having a strong connection with someone amidst extreme circumstances, there are also disadvantages because the other person may become a burden. In Night Elie Wiesel describes several father-son relationships that reflect both the advantages and burdens of the connection. Rabbi Eliahu is one of the Jews they meet while imprisoned at Buna. Rabbi Eliahu and his son had stayed close together through all the suffering but during the march to Buchenwald, Eliahu’s son had left him. Eliahu, however, didn’t realize that his son left him on purpose. When Eliahu asks Elie if he had seen his son, Elie replies that he had not, but later Elie remembers he had seen his son. Eliahu’s son had seen Eliahu slowing down but his son took this at a chance to escape from his father. “He had felt his father growing weaker and, believing that the end was near, had thought by this separation to free himself of a burden

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