Elie’s relations with his father drastically change towards the end of the novel, but we cannot judge him because we did not experience the monstrosities him and his father endured. In the beginning of the novel, Elie’s father Shlomo Wiesel is a respected Jewish community leader in Sighet. He was held in the highest esteem by the community and his advice and knowledge was frequently sought (Wiesel 22). Unfortunately, Shlomo Wiesel made the same mistake as other Jews, and decided to ignore the warnings about the Nazis. Before everything started, Elie even asked his father to sell everything and move to Palestine, but his father told him, “I am too old, my son, too old to start a new life.
Twice a day Kien would bring frugal meals to his father…”(Ninh, 124). Kien may not have a close father-son relationship with his father, but he still takes care of his father, as a son should do. It is not until he struggles to organize his chaotic life after the war that Kien understands his father. “Only now, in his middle age, could Kien truly understand those years.”(Ninh, 124). Proper burial of ... ... middle of paper ... ...eased soldier, Tung, whom Kien has forgotten.
Elie Wiesel shows that the relationship with his father was the strength that kept the young boy alive, but was also the major weakness. Before Elie Wiesel and his father are deported, they do not have a significant relationship. They simply acknowledge each other’s existence and that is all. Wiesel recalls how his father rarely shows emotion while he was living in Sighet, Transylvania. When they are deported, Wiesel is not sure what to expect.
‘I don’t want you to say such things’”(75) is his reaction when his father says goodbye to him. This shows that even when there was no hope for his father, he still remained humane. If he did not have any humanity, he would have simply said good bye and left for his work. Also, his father tries to give him a spoon to help him, but Elie will not have it. This shows his humanity because he still wants his father to have a chance to sell it and live.
Eliezer lies to his uncle to protect his uncle from losing hope to be alive. By doing this Eliezer displays factors that he understands family is his will to survive. Although Eliezer’s will to survive is his family as the book progresses, the entire family is reduced to his father. Eliezer is separated from his mother and sister thus, Eliezer’s reason to survive shift... ... middle of paper ... ...humanity which increases his survival abilities. Even though Eliezer loses his relationship with his father, losing the relationship fuels his will to survive positively.
Eliezer’s dad was so occupied with the Jewish community and wasn’t really involved with his family. Once they are separated from their family at selection, they realize that all they have are each other. Toward the end of the memoir when Eliezer’s dad becomes ill people question him because he’s sharing his rations and well as attending to his very ill father. Telling him to take his father’s rations and let him die. Eliezer doesn’t listen and continues to tend to his father because of how they came together.
Elie’s father was a respected man in the community and connected to the towns authorities. He would often give his time to the community and seldom to his own family. The Wiesel’s were firm believers in God and would practice the religion. Although strong in his beliefs, Elie feelings towards God would dramatically change as a result of his events during the holocaust. Elie’s relationship with his father, a respected figure in the community, would also change as he is ... ... middle of paper ... ...ths questioned, horrifying acts of evil occurred and families separated forever, where all that remained in the end.
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