November 2, 2011
Night Essay Sometimes you have to choose between the survival of your loved ones, or yourself.
There are moments where it takes all your energy just to keep on going and helping others is out of your reach. For those who choose to go out of their way to help others, they may find that it is more then they can handle. In Night, the struggle of surviving while trying to help his father survive gives Ellie a great burden and causes him to unconsciously wish to be free of that burden. Elie wants his father to stay by his side and would go through great lengths to help him survive. For example, Elie thinks, “As for me, I was not thinking about death, but about how I did not want to be separated from my father” (82). This shows that Elie cares a lot about his father and wants to continue to be with him. Also, being with his Father makes Elie less scared of death since his father is one of his reasons for living. Then, when Elie encounters Rabbi
Eliahu who asks if Elie has seen his son. Elie says no but then realizes that he did but the son was trying to be rid of his father. Elie then wishes to have the strength to never do what Rabbi
Eliahu’s son did. This wish shows that Elie would never hurt or betray his father. Also, since Elie thinks that what the son did was terrible, it means that he wants to always be loyal. Elie loves his father very much and would stay with him through thick and thin.
The sacrifices Elie makes for his father gives him a great burden. Elie confesses in the book, “I gave him what was left of my soup. But my heart was heavy. I was aware that I was doing it grudgingly. Just like Rabbi Eliahu’s son, I did not pass the test.” (107). This shows that the burden Elie’s father is putting on him is getting heavier. Also, Elie is having a lot more difficulty taking care of himself without the father getting in the way. “I listened to him without interrupting. He was right I thought