Pre AP English II
9 June 2014
Night: Changes between Elie and his father
The concentration camps had a very negative effect on the people who ran them and the people in them: “I had to appear cold and indifferent to events that must have wrung the heart of anyone possessed of human feelings”. The guards questioned the orders they were given but they blocked out their doubts and replaced them with a cold and prideful attitude towards their camps. Throughout the book Night and in the article Commanding a Concentration Camp by Rudolf Hoss, the leaders of the camp would act out against the prisoners, causing a negative effect on them and how they treat each other. The beatings and punishments would have a negative affect on both the prisoners and the guards. The events and treatments of Elie and his father caused a change in their relationship throughout their time in the camps.
In the beginning of the story, Elie and his father are not close. Ellie’s father is involved in the community more than in his own family: “more involved with the welfare of others than with his own kin”(4). Elie does not have a close relationship with his father because he is too caught up in the community issues. His “cultured” father comes off cold and distant to his family. He has not had to rely on his family for support because he has been the one to make decisions since everything had been going well.
The first camp the Jews arrive at is Birkenau. When they arrive the men and women are separated. Elie does not see his mother or sister ever again: “ I kept walking, my father holding my hand”(29). This is the second time his father has let down his “cultured” behavior by showing weakness, the first time being when he cried in front of his family: “ My father was crying. It was the first time I saw him cry”(19). Elie allows his father to be dependent on him by holding his hand. The camp causes Elie to grow up quickly and take on the...
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