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

As seen in Night, the relationship between Elie and his father changes during their time in Auschwitz from one of closeness to estrangement. As Elie's father Shlomo grows weaker, Elie comes to feel that he's becoming a burden to him. When Sholom finally dies, Elie feels the burden finally lift.

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The relationship between Elie and his father changes during their time in Auschwitz, as the child becomes caregiver to the parent. This dynamic is one that occurs in many instances in the outside world, but it usually happens more gradually over time and generally later in the lives of the two individuals as the parent nears old age. In the case of Elie and his father, both are relatively young, but the horrible conditions they endure in the camps and fear they feel every minute of every day ages them (more so the father) prematurely. Elie’s father becomes weak and is an old man by the time he dies towards the end of the book. In fact, Elie's father was only 50 years old at the time of his death.

Elie takes care of him throughout most of their time in the camps, just as the father cares for him. They become much closer than they had been before the camp. Elie worries about his father, and he gives his father his soup when his father has not eaten. This is a major sacrifice for Elie to...

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