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In chapter 4, what happened when Elie refused to give his crown to Franek? What was the...

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marita80 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted April 6, 2009 at 7:48 AM via web

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In chapter 4, what happened when Elie refused to give his crown to Franek? What was the result?

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted April 6, 2009 at 10:36 AM (Answer #1)

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In chapter 4 of "Night," Franek demands that Elie give him his crown and Elie refuses.  He tells him several different reasons that he can't give up the crown including the excuse that he wouldn't be able to eat, then that he had to ask his father.  Finally after getting tired of waiting, Franek began to abuse Elie's father.  He knew that if he abused Elie's dad that Elie would give in and give him the gold crown.  After watching his father be beaten and abused for two weeks Elie finally agreed and a dentist pulled the tooth.  This satisfied Franek for a while but then two weeks after losing his crown the Polish prisoners were transferred and he felt that he had given up his crown for nothing. (pg 56)

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mlsldy3 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted April 19, 2015 at 7:18 PM (Answer #3)

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In Night, we see how many different people have become greedy in the war. Franek sees Elie's gold crown and demands Elie give it to him. Elie comes up with a couple of reasons as to why he can't give it to him, and finally tells him he needs to get his father's advice. Franek agrees but Elie knows that he will make his life hell until he gives in to him.

Unfortunately, Franek knew how to handle this; he knew my weak spot. My father had never served in the military and could not march in step. But here, whenever we moved from one place to another, it was in step. That presented Franek with the opportunity to torment him and on a daily basis, to thrash him savagely. Left, right: he punched him. Left, right: he slapped him.

Elie could not sit back and watch his father being treated this way, so he eventually gives in to Franek and gives him his crown. Although Elie has hard feelings towards his father, he still loves him deeply and wants to make sure he is okay, no matter the cost to himself.

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