The novel Night by Elie Weisel, tells the true story of a young boy who was sent to a concentration camp along with his family in World War II. Elie Weisel faces many hardships during his time within the camps. Upon arrival he loses his mother and younger sister. However, he is fortunately left with his father, with whom he bears many hardships from beatings, to moves, to near death experiences. In the beginning, Elie’s father acts as Elie’s rock, supporting and encouraging him to remain positive and keep going. After a while, the two switch roles, and Elie becomes the rock in their father-son relationship. Up until, and during this change, Elie learns many valuable life lessons, including the importance of keeping your belief in God and family. Unfortunately, in the end, Elie’s father can take no more and passes away, leaving Elie alone in the world. Using his faith in God and self-determination, Elie survives until liberation.
After reading this biographical account of Elie Weisel’s life and experiences in the concentration camp, I asked myself if I would be able to survive if I went through the same things. My answer was no. In my belief I would not be able to survive. I would rather die than have to endure all the pain and suffering the victims of the Holocaust had to endure. The one thing I know I would not be able to bear would be to witness the suffering of others. I more than likely would have killed myself at the point that Elie witnessed the burning of the babies upon his arrival. The thought of knowing the hell everyone at the concentration camps went through on a daily basis, and that I would be going through the same thing, would have driven me to commit suicide.
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