In Night, what are six things that had to do with Elie Wiesel surviving because of chance ? And why?

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In Night by Elie Wiesel, there are survival incidents that are based solely on chance. In chapter four, Elie Wiesel was instructed to visit the dentist. When the dentist desired Elie Wiesel's gold crown, it was by chance that Wiesel was able to postpone the extraction of his gold tooth. He reported to the dentist that he did not feel well. The dentist instructed Wiesel to come back when he felt better.

In chapter two of Night, Elie Wiesel and his family are on a train with a lady named Madame Schachter. They are on their way to a concentration camp. Madame Schachter keeps seeing a fire that isn't there. She screams about seeing a fire, yet when the Jews look out the window, there is no fire. It is by chance that she keeps seeing the fire. No doubt, she was having a premonition of the crematories which were to come. 


It was by chance that Wiesel and his father remained together the entire time they were in the concentration camps. In chapter five, Wiesel's father was selected to die in the Selection process. Jewish prisoners were instructed to create two lines. One line was for those who had escaped the Selection process. The other line was for those who had been selected to die. Wiesel's father had been chosen to die. He was in the line for those who were chosen to die. Wiesel's father escaped when Elie created a mass confusion and his father switches lines. The German leaders did not notice that Wiesel's father had switched lines.       

In chapter four, due to exhaustion and starvation, Elie Wiesel should have died after he was severely beaten for finding Idek with a naked Polish girl. It was by chance that Wiesel survived. He was too weak to survive, yet he lived through the horrible beating. He did faint, but he miraculously survived what should have been the death of him.

It is also miraculous that Wiesel survived running forty-two miles in the freezing snow with an injured foot. In chapter six, Wiesel had just had surgery on his foot, and he could not even wear a shoe. Somehow he managed to survive and was able to complete his evacuation to another concentration camp forty-two miles away. Elie Wiesel, along with hundreds, ran forty-two miles in the freezing snow. During his run, his foot was bleeding in the snow, yet he continued to run forty-six miles. This was amazing. He never once fell down which would have required the Germans to shoot him. The Germans shot anyone who fell down during the forty-two mile run in the freezing cold and snow.  

Another miracle happened during that same forty-two mile run. Wiesel's father also made it. Wiesel's father was extremely sick, yet he continued to run for forty-two miles. He would have been shot if he had fallen or stopped to rest. Wiesel's father kept up a running pace for forty-two miles. Even though Wiesel's father was elderly and extremely sick, he managed to endure a forty-two mile run in the freezing cold and snow. By chance, he endured and survived.


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