Survival in Night
Night by Elie Wiesel is a memoir. Night is about Elie’s life in a World War 2 concentration camp and how he survived. Surviving through something like this takes a lot out of someone. Having a community to be by someone’s side throughout this challenge in life really helps a person. Having a family that a person knows will never give up on them or keeping the religion that they know that something will always be there to believe in or those leaders that give a single person the strength to push on to not give up. Those three facts really show that everyone has something that will keep them strong. The bond in Elie’s family is what gives him the support he needs to survive through the camp. When the Germans arrive in the small town of Sighet, Elie finds his house in a Ghetto. Some of his family were less fortunate and got kicked out of their houses. Wiesel notes that, “We gave some of our rooms to relatives who had been driven out of their homes” (11). This shows that even though everyone was going through a tough time they still were there for family. Elie had chance to get away he says, “My Father wouldn’t hear of it. He told me and my big sisters, if you wish, go there. I shall stay here with your mother and the little one… Naturally we refused” (20). Elie and his older sisters wanted to stay with their family because it was important to them that they be with each other through out what they went through. When Elie and his family get separated at the camp he writes “My hand tightened its grip on my father. All I could think of was not to lose him. Not to remain alone” (30). This shows that he was fearful of losing his father after being separated from his mother and sisters. During the move to the new camp he said, “My Father’s presence was the only thing that stopped me” (86). This was because he wanted to stop running but he felt that he had to stay strong for his father and he would not let him die and he had to be there for him. When...
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