Elie Wiesel Family Theme

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Family; a blessing, or a curse? In the book Night, Elie Wiesel offers many significant themes, but the question, “is family a blessing or a curse,” is one of the most prevalent and begging themes in the novel. During the novel, Wiesel often questions if he should try and keep his father around, or if life would just be better without him in the picture. “‘Don’t let me find him! If only I could get rid of this dead weight, so that I could use all my strength to struggle for my own survival, and only worry about myself,’ I immediately felt ashamed of myself, ashamed forever,” (Wiesel, 111). This is just one example of the internal conflict going on endlessly within himself. When thinking of family, there are good times and bad times. When experiencing the moments that are extremely difficult for Elie and his father, he often thinks how great life would be if he could just get rid of his father’s dead weight. One evening when Elie’s father is very ill, the had of the block approaches Elie and tells him, “‘Don’t forget your in…show more content…
Elie writes, “I did not weep. It pained me that I could not weep. But I had no more tears. And, in the depth of my being, in the recesses of my weakened conscious, could I have searched it, I might perhaps have found something like-free at last!” (Wiesel, 116). In other words Elie is describing how at this point he has lost all human emotion. If a normal boy’s father died today, he would probably be so devastated, sobbing uncontrollably. But Elie had no emotion left to show. He was also afraid that if he searched his soul long enough he would find something to show, but it might be how happy we was that this burden was finally lifted from his shoulders. Elie still does not want to admit to himself that he is happy his father died, he is afraid of who he has become. This proves how torn Elie was about his

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