Eliezer has ample amount of time to think about his horrific memories of suffering and death that he witnessed in the concentration camps while healing in the hospital. He is haunted by his memories of family and friends, who are no longer alive. As a result of these memories, he no longer feels joy and can not find a reason to keep on living. Eliezer shows his lack of joy while with Doctor Russel and Eliezer thinks that “death is not my enemy. If he [Doctor Russel] doesn’t know that, he knows nothing…He has seen come back to life, but he doesn’t know what I think of life and death” (16). Eliezer’s memories of the Holocaust and his family cause him to have recurring feelings of guilt because he survived these death camps where other, more worthy and deserving people did not.
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...periences of a Holocaust survivor. Wiesel created the protagonist in order to represent some of Wiesel’s own experiences and thoughts and to also portray the other way of dealing with unpleasant memories. However, the protagonist and Wiesel are not one and the same. By incorporating fictional events and characters into this work, the author manages to gives insight into the mind of a Holocaust survivor without making the novel an autobiography of his own personal experiences. Through the protagonist, Elie Wiesel allows the reader to understand Eliezer and that he is still deeply haunted and disturbed by his experiences even years after he has been liberated. With his unfortunate past, it makes it hard for Eliezer to let go of his memories and guilt and move on in life.
Wiesel, Elie. Day. Trans. Anne Borchardt. New York: Hill and Wang, 2006. Print.
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