In Chapter 7 of Night, how did Eliezer help his father when they were on the train?

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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Chapter 7 begins with the Jewish prisoners traveling in cattle cars throughout the night. Eliezer mentions that the bodies of the prisoners were stacked on top of one another and it was hard to distinguish between the dead and living. Suddenly, the car stops and the SS officers tell the prisoners to throw out the bodies of the dead people. The prisoners who were alive begin to strip the clothes and shoes off of the dead people before discarding the bodies. Then, the Jewish prisoners look at Eliezer's father and attempt to throw him out of the car because they think he is dead. Eliezer suddenly notices them heading towards Shlomo, and jumps onto his father. Eliezer then slaps his father in order to wake him. Fortunately, Eliezer's father is still alive and wakes up in time to avoid being thrown from the car. The prisoners see that Eliezer's father is alive and walk away. Eliezer's efforts to wake his father save his life.

ladyvols1 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The people were cold and crammed into the train car.  When daylight came the soldiers ordered people in the cars to throw out any bodies of people who had died.  Elie's father was non responsive and the men approached him to throw him out of the car.

"I threw myself on top of his body.  He was cold.  I slapped him.  I rubbed his hands, crying:  "Father! Father! Wake up.  They're trying to throw you out of the carriage.."  His body remained inert.  The two gravediggers, seized me by the collar." (66-67)

Elie continued to argue with the men and fight for the life of his father until eventually his father did open his eyes and the men wandered off looking for other bodies.


angelofgrace | Student

There were many people crammed into one cold train car and the SS soldiers had stopped the train and orderd all dead bodies to be thrown off to create more room. Some of the men thought Elie`s father was dead because he was in a deep sleep. Elie tried to stop them while he tried to wake up his father. He woke him up just in time to save him. If Elie hadnt of woke him up his father would have been thrown out with the dead people.