How do the people Wiesel interacts with strengthen or diminish his hope and desire to live?
Talk about his father, Juliek (the violin player), the French girl, Rabbi Eliahou & his son, the Nazis. Which of their actions touched you the most?
The Nazis had two different effects on Elie's desire to survive. They made him feel tired and defeated at times and at other times they made him more resolved to live. The presence of having his father with him benefited Elie in the beginning because he was not alone enduring the experience. He had someone with him who loved him. They needed each other and worked together to survive. Later in the story Elie finds his father has become a burden for him. He has not stopped loving his father, but he feels that he could survive better if he were not present.
The Rabbi and his so probably made Elie less likely to want to live. I believe that Elie was meant to be a survivor and that none of the people affected his decision to continue to go on. It was his nature to try and survive.
The character that affected me the most was the young boy who had been hung. He was still alive for over 30 minutes. He was just a boy who never got to become a man. He had not had the best of life already but because he was a servant to a master who had committed crimes against the Nazis.