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As seen in Night, how does the relationship between Elie and his father change during...

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Posted November 28, 2012 at 4:11 AM via iOS

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As seen in Night, how does the relationship between Elie and his father change during their time in Auschwitz?

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 28, 2012 at 4:43 AM (Answer #1)

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Elie Wiesel, in his novel Night, is very open and honest about his relationship with his father during their time in Auschwitz. IN the beginning, Elie refuses to leave his father's side. He insures, through his answers to the guards and his actions (at one time running to his father when he is sent to the opposite side). As the novel moves forward, depicting their time in the camps, Elie is recalls times where he considered leaving his father. Especially when his father is ill with dysentery, another prisoner states that Elie should be eating his father's portions. For a moment, Elie considers this. Soon after, his shame forces him to reconsider.

By the end, when Elie's father finally dies, Elie finally feels free. While this forces Elie to feel horrible, he still admits that he feels free to worry only about himself.

Essentially, the relationship between Elie and his father changes dramatically. In the beginning, they are both very concerned with the health and safety of the other. By the end, Elie realizes that he has a better chance of surviving on his own.

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