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Elie is not sure what to think of the block leader's advice to eat his own rations and his father's and not to worry about his father. He believes that it is too late to do anything for Chlomo and that Elie must conserve his energy and build his own strength. Elie does not know what to do. He has been used to looking out for his father, but at many points in the memoir he is resentful toward his dad. From a practical standpoint, he knows that the block leader is right, but he still feels some obligation to his father. One sees this in his attempts to get treatment for his father. While Elie often chooses self-preservation over commitment to his father, in this chapter he mainly demonstrates a concern for his dad. Still, he cannot cry when his dad passes away and admits to a sense of relief.
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