Analytical Essay On Night By Elie Wiesel

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When an individual is faced with a competing demand they often choose to put their well being second, which allows them to find strength to overcome an obstacle. Elie Wiesel explores this in his memoir “Night”, when his desire to live is great, but makes it second to his father. This allows them to pursue life because they have each other. In the begin we see that Elie and Shlomo, Elies father, don’t have the strongest relationship, he has a lot of respect for him, but his father “was more involved with… others then… his own kin” (Wiesel 4). Therefore Elie was usually focused on himself more than anyone else. This allowed him to “devote [himself] to [his] studies” (8), and pursue his own well being. His studies were where the majority of the day and some of his night were spent.…show more content…
However, the Germans flipped his whole reality and world upside down. They came and transported all the Jewish people to Auschwitz. Elie and his whole family not only had to endure a three-day train ride there with only the food and water they brought, but they also witnessed the smell of burning flesh and the gas chambers filled with hundreds of people to suffocate with chemicals. He was quickly separated from his family and his father was the only thing he had left. His whole existence was based on his father from this point on and his main goal was “not to lose him” (31). For with out Shlomo there was no point in living because he had nothing left, even his identity was stripped away. His father was also the very thing he was competing with to live, for Elie was always worried about Shlomo. Well-being. This would drain some of the very little energy he had left. Therefore Elie wanted to leave his father “ so [he] could use all [his] strength to fight for [his] own survival” (106), but immediately he would feel ashamed or guilty of the

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