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What were the only things in which Elie took interest in chapter 4 of "Night"?

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nate89 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 2, 2009 at 11:30 AM via web

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What were the only things in which Elie took interest in chapter 4 of "Night"?

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Lorraine Caplan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted June 2, 2009 at 11:50 PM (Answer #1)

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The narrator tells us that he "took little interest in anything except my daily plate of soup and my crust of stale bread" (63).  This is consistent with Maslow's hierarchy of needs, which tells us that we are not able to care about anything unless our basic needs for food and shelter are taken care of.  The narrator has shelter, so he is reduced to his most basic need of food. He is no longer really a person at all, and describes himself as "a body," or perhaps "a starved stomach (63), meaning that he cannot care about anything except the food he needs to survive. 

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