Summary

Elie lived a normal life with a normal familly in a normal town. They all heard rumors about the german staking them but they didn't believe them and ignored them. Until one day they actually came to there town. Elie and his familly were forced out of their homes and striped of their belongings. They were prisioned in small areas called Ghettos. Then they were packed into cattle cars and not told where they were going. They were all promised all of their belongings back. After the lon train ride they arive somewhere theyve never seen before and dont know what it is. They had arrived in a concentration camp. They were told for the men to go in one line and the children and women into the other, little did they know that those lines were determining if they lived or died. The women and children were never seen again. They were brought to the crematoriams or shot. Elie and his father were both examined to see if they were able to woek, little did they know that if they wernt able to, they would be killed. They both show their capability of being able to work, a fellow jew tipped them to lie about their age so that it would show that they could work. Elie and his father go through concentration camps and stick together and slip death so close many times. Elie and his fathes relationship begins to change. They witness people die for no reason and it weakins their faith and they wounder why God was letting all of this happen. They begin to see people de-humenize. They are the few that stay together and dont get seperated. At the camps they are iven only food to be able to live and work for back crushing hours. They sleep in packed bunks, and are treated like dogs. At the second last camp Elie and his father were at they heard that the russians were close, and they might have a chance of being rescued. But the germans made them run 50 miles in the ice cold snow to another camp, barly any of them made it but some how Elie and his father did. Then they were put into cattle cars once again. This time they were able to fit 100 and only being able to fit 80 at the start.Once they arrive at the camp all of them are barly allive and they are pilled ontop of each other. Elie and his father still manage to live through this. Elies father is sick and stays in his bunk all day while Elie is put to work. Elies father tells him that his neighbors are beating him and stealing from him and Elie starts to insult them. Then one day Elie returns to his bunk to find that his father is no longer there. The last time he saw him he was barly alive. Elie does not speak of the 2 months between when they get rescued because he said that nothing mattered anymore since his fathers death.

Likes/Dislikes

I really liked this book and i couldnt stop reading it when we got them. I liked it because it was really intence and real. The things in the book are so crazy to the point where i thought he was making things up. It had be on the edge of my seat nonstop and i really wanted to see what was going to happen next. I didnt really dislike anything about this book besides what happened in the story itself which is the holocaust, and how all of the jews were slaughtered for no reason.

What can we Learn from reading this book?

I knew what happnened to the jews in the holocaust, but after reading this book i experienced first hand to what had happened to them, I couldnt belive what Elie and his father had to go through. I learned all of the harsh conditions that they encountered and how they were slaughtered and treated.

Essential Questions

What are the root causes of persecution? When someone with power gets an idea in there head like Hitler did and go through with there plan. Hitler wanted to create a " Superior Race" and it started off with him thinking that he needed a superior race and anyone other wise needed to be exterminated.

What are some current examples of persecutionb that take place in today's world? Many go on today an example of one is The Khmer Roug in Cambodia.

What does Night teach us about what it means to be human? It teaches us that any man is capable of doing the most evil thing possible to live for just another minute. It teaches us how man can change so drastically when put under the conditions.

Link to Night Essay

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Antonio Adiletta
Mr. Hershey

English II

March 24, 2009

Night
The book Night by Elie Wiesel shows the harsh conditions that a father and son go through in concentration camps. The two go through many harsh conditions together. The things they are forced to do have changed their lives forever. What is changed most of all is their father to son relationship. The Intense experiences that Elie and his father face in the concentration camps cause their relation ships to be reversed.
Before entering the camps and being abducted by the Nazis, Elie and his father have a normal father son relationship. Elie asked his father if he could find him a master in Kabbalah to guide him in his studies. Elie’s father ordered, “You’re too young for that” (4). Elie being a normal teenager went behind his fathers back found a master by himself. Elie points out, “He wanted to drive the idea of studying Kabblah from my mind. I succeeded on my own in finding a master for myself” (4). This shows how he rebels against his fathers decision which shows traits of a pretty normal father to son relationship. His father gives him advice and lectures him. Elie explained,” He explained to me, with great emphasis, that every question possessed a power that was lost in the answer” (5). Getting advice and being lectured by his father shows a pretty normal father to son relationship between Elie and his father.
As Elie and his father enter the camps, Eli starts to show more of a childlike relationship towards his father. Elie explains, “My hand tightened its grip on my father. All I could think of was not to lose him” (30). Winters reflects, “He clings to his father, contriving to stay close to him in the camps; this closeness is his sole source of reassurance and safety, although he knows it is precarious” (Winters 276). These show how Elie has a childlike dependency on his father because he relies on him for safety and comfort. Elies father gives him instructions and tells him what to do. Elies father ordered, “No my son we cannot do this. He will seek revenge. He won’t dare my son” (55). Elie takes instructions from his father which also shows his child like dependency towards his father. Elie depends on his father and he would do anything to stay at his side. Elie asks,” Please sir… I’d like to be near my father” (50). Elie relies on his father for anything a baby would need. Without his father he would be helpless and scared.
As time goes by in the concentration camps, Elie and his father develop a peer-like relationship. In a father to son relationship a father usually shows his son how to do things they cannot do. Sanderson Reflects, “At this moment of complete awareness, Eliezer stands next to his father as a fellow man and equal” (Sanderson 279).But Elie and his father no longer have that relationship anymore. Elies father was being beat because he didn’t know how to march. Elie explains, “I decided to give my father lessons in marching in step, in keeping time” (55).Sanderson reflects, “Eliezer finds himself in the role of a teacher, desperately but unsuccessfully trying to show his father how to mach in step so the guards will stop beating him and taunting him for his clumsiness (279). Elie showing his father how to march shows that they have a peer-like relationship for each other. On new years Elie finds his father and kisses his hand, Elie explains, “I went to him, took his hand and kissed it. I felt a tear on my hand. Whose was it? Mine? His? I said nothing. Nor did he. Never before had we understood each other so clearly” (68-69). They look after each other like friends or brothers would. Sanderson reflects, “ Father and son often walk together holding hands in the camps, afraid that they will be separated. They ask for the same work assignments, sleep in the same building, share food, and sing Hasidic songs together” (278). One does not just look after the other but they look after each other equally. Elie and his father are looking for a place where they can sleep. Everyone is dying around them. They stick together and decide to go to a shed. Elie explains, “We’ll take turns. I’ll watch over you and you’ll watch over me. We won’t let each other fall asleep. We’ll look after each other” (89). Elie and his father have evolved to be on a neutral level relationship.
Near the end of Elie’s stay in the camps, Elie begins to act like a father towards his father. Normally a father looks after his son, in normal father to song relationship. On the train ride to Buchenwald some people would come to the cattle cars and collect the dead out of them. Elies father looked like he was dead and they tried to take him. Elie exclaimed, “Father! Wake up they’re going to throw you outside” (99). Elie acts like a father because he looked after his dad and made sure that he wasn’t taken just like a father would do for his son. Sanderson states, “ These efforts demand that Eliezer become an adult to help both himself and his father survive…” (278). When they arrive at Buchenwald Elies father is exhausted and can’t go on any longer so he lies down into the snow like many others did. Elie looking after his father pleads, “Father! Get up! Right now! You will kill yourself” (105). Elie was looking after his father which shows how he takes the role of being a father. Elies father is sick and can’t leave his bunk. Elie goes to work and his father stays in his bunk all day. Winters says, “…he spends his own energy and food to try and nurse his father and keep him alive”(276). Elie gives his father his portion of bread and soup. When Elie returns to his bunk Elies father says that his neighbors have been beating him and stealing from him. Elie looks after his father and protects him, Elie orders “I began to insult his neighbors” (109). Elie takes care and looks after his father like a father would.
From the beginning to the end the relationship between Elie and his father completely reverse. In the beginning Elie relies on his father like a child. Then Elie and his father rely on each other for survival. Finally Elie’s father becomes weak and Elie takes the role of being a father to his father. Elie completely changes from the beginning to the end and has matured and evolved into a responsible young man. Leniently



Reflection: It was hard for me to integrate secondary sources, i couldnt find a good way to make it flow without haing to retype the whole thing. I really liked the book Night and writing it was pretty easy but i did an extra paragraph but that wasnt too bad. ince i liked the book writing the essay was alright. My grammer is not that good also, i have trouble with it because i used to be in ESL. I need to work on my grammer and intergrating secondary sources and making it flow.