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In between, there are times where Elizer's relationship is clearly falling apart and then being fixed. The camps greatly influence the father-son relationship that. Night: Father-Son Relationships. Elizer thoroughly describes his feelings and emotions throughout the memoir,therefore helping the audience. In his memoir Night (, ) Elie Wiesel narrates his experience in the network of Auschwitz concentration camps. Wiesel details father-son relationships to.
The relationship of father to son is traditional—the biblical commandment to honor one's parents is paramount in Jewish families like Eliezer's.
After the family is split up at Birkenau, Eliezer and his father have only each other to live for. As his father weakens, the traditional roles of protector and protected are reversed.
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It is Eliezer who must protect his father. During their time in the camps, Eliezer time and again feels shame when he is angry at his father for not being able to avoid beatings or for not being able to march correctly. His father continues to look out for him—he gives Eliezer a few tools to keep when it looks like he will be taken away, and he rouses a neighbor to save his son when someone on the train begins to strangle Eliezer.
But there's a limit to how much either can shield the other from hardship. And as conditions become more and more impossible, and the physically weaker and older begin to die, fathers become burdens—first to the consciences of sons, who feel guilty about their own survival instincts and their inability to protect their fathers, and then physical burdens, too. Eliezer sees an illustration of this in the death march to Gleiwitz when a young man leaves behind his tired father, a rabbi; and again on the train to Buchenwald, when a son kills his father while fighting for a morsel of bread.
These instances of the disintegration of basic familial bonds help remind Eliezer of his love and duty to his own father.
Sometimes this is a result of taking relationships for granted. In his mind he must have believed that his family would be there forever. As well Elie cared most about studying his faith and turned over much of his time to the synagogue and his mentor Moshe the Beadle. Instead of having his father as a guide, Elie finds a different mentor to assist him in his studies. This could have been a time for the two to grow closer.
Instead it was never developed. As the Wiesel family is rounded up and loaded into cattle cars, Elie begins to see his father as someone important that he does not want to lose.
Men to the right. He could have gone with his mother and children, but instead he decides to stay with his father who otherwise would have been alone. This consequential decision ties the two together for the remainder of the book. Over the course of this time in the concentration camps, Elie goes through rollercoasters of emotion regarding his father.
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At times Chlomo is his life line; the only reason Elie does not give up and die. At other times Elie feels that his father is a burden. Elie feels at times that his father is pulling him down, not out of lack of affection, but that the concentration camp is such a place it required him to concern himself with his own survival only. At times his father physically saves Elie from death; in turn Elie saves his father several times from the fate of death.
Wiesel is haunted by this experience. It is with great bravery that he entails this account so that he bears witness to the horrors of the Holocaust with the hope that no other son will ever have to experience a situation with his father with this kind of magnitude. The story of a boy from Sighet who through the brutal experience of the Holocaust comes to value his father most of all.