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.
In a way, I think the love of Doodle should have been much more precious to his brother than the activities they planned. Every second with one who came so close to death should be revered and held tightly. The narrator is locked in a battle with what he feels socially acceptable and his love for his little brother. This sought after, “social acceptance,” drove the brother to push away Doodle’s dependency on him. This was how Doodle died, but he never stopped loving his brother.
Elizer and his father stood by each others side and supported eachother in the arrival of Auschwitz-Bierkenau to be able to survive. Throughout the novel the relationship took a turn for the worse because the conditions they were put in, there was really nothing Elizer and his father can do to stay together. By the end of their journey Elizer's attitude towards his father became more sensitive, he did many things to keep his father close to him, and to help him heal as much as he can. When Elizer's family was first brought to Auschwitz-Bierkenau he was just a young boy. He was holding his fathers hand watching all the babies get thrown in the air and shot killed and even burned alive.
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.
Before the Holocaust, Eliezer’s relation with his father was very distant, I will say non existent. Throughout the novel, enormous remarkable changes occurred in the father son relationship between Eliezer’s and his father. To highlight a few, we will discuss Eliezer and his father’s emotional change, the connection between them as father and son, and how their build trust in their relationship. Eliezer’s relationship with his father is quite important as it allows them both to live through the anguish and despair brought upon them. And their love for each other helped them both stay alive during the course of torture that Jews people were put through.
Oskar Schindler starts out as a flawed man who wants to make money and enjoy the luxuries “of high living” (Ebert 1993) and has little regard for human life besides his own. He He goes through many different, important events that all change him subtly. After World War II ends he becomes a hero to the world, especially to the Jewish people who are called “Schindler’s Jews,” the Jews whom he first uses for his own selfish purposes. Oskar Schindler helps to save over one thousand Jewish people through his selfless acts by the end of the war. Through numerous forces of change, Oskar Schindler turns from a greedy, egotistic, apathetic man, into a benevolent, unselfish, compassionate one.
Elie holds on to his humanity by holding on to his father. Though he loses many other aspects of his humanity while in the camps, he does not lose his father’s influence. An example of this is when Elie’s father is a victim of the selection. “‘Don’t talk like that, father’ I was on the verge of breaking into sobs. ‘I don’t want you to say such things’”(75) is his reaction when his father says goodbye to him.
If it were not for his father, his last bit of hope for life would have been shattered, and he would not have survived. As each horrifying event unfolds at the concentration camps, the true strength of the relationship between Elie Wiesel and his father shows and progressively gets stronger throughout their time there. As a little boy, Wiesel’s relationship with his father was tenuous. Wiesel states, “My father was a cultured, rather unsentimental man….He was more concerned with others than with his own family” (2). Being highly respected in the community, Wiesel’s father is often occupied with his business and duties, which never leaves much time for his family.
After he wakes up he goes looking for his father. He feels as if he is responsible for taking care of his father. Elie replaces his faith with obligation to his father to help keep him going thought out the holocaust. Elie survives the Holocaust through a battle of conscience - first believing in God, then resisting his faith in God, and ultimately replacing his faith with obligation to his father. Elie survived the holocaust through a battle with his inner voice.
Moreover, he is a man with a great empathy toward others, wanting his family to live with a minimum struggles as possible. He wants Grete not to be like himself, but to live filled with joy. He also understands the father's declining integrity, as the business collapses a long ago and spends life with a little hope. Gregor Samsa lives humbly and devotes his life for others' happiness. The "money was received with thanks and given with pleasure" (26).