Discuss what Elie's description of his father in Night reveals about his needs and hopes. Is this type of father and son relationship typical? Why?
Elie's perspective of his father in Chapter 1 of the memoir is that his dad is rather removed from his family; he is emotionally absent. When Elie discusses the possibility of studying Jewish Cabbalism, Elie's father basically scoffs at the idea. He still sees Elie as a child even as Elie is trying to assert himself as a young adult. Elie longs for his father's approval, but he also has strong spiritual hopes; in fact, he is almost ethereally optimistic at the memoir's beginning, while his father is practical and realistic.
I personally think that Elie's relationship with his father is typical of father-son relationships, especially when a father has only one son. The son longs for his father's approval, while the father withholds it because he wants his son to grow up and become a strong man.
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