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How does Elie experience internal conflicts?

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sarahholmes | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 12, 2012 at 12:45 AM via web

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How does Elie experience internal conflicts?

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kschweiz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted April 12, 2012 at 2:12 AM (Answer #1)

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Elie's internal conflict shifts in an interesting, unexpected way. Initially his hatred is for the Nazis and this fuels him in a sense. However, after some time in the camp, as his father grows weaker, Elie begins to turn his anger toward him, and his weakness. He states that once, after his father is beaten by a Kapo, that Elie himself had wanted to hit him. When his father began to die, Elie began to wish for the end, and felt relief when it was over. This caused greater conflict within him, as he felt guilty for wishing his father dead and hating him for becoming ill and weak.

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