¶ … Eliezer and his father
Over the course of the novel Night by Elie Wiesel, the narrator Eliezer's relationship with his father shifts from that of a conventional father-son relationship to a relationship in which Eliezer eventually becomes the stronger of the two men. Eliezer quickly becomes a man because of the historical circumstances to which he is subjected. Growing up in a concentration camp he soon learns that his father is far from infallible -- physically, emotionally, and intellectually. At first the son looks to his father for guidance during their confinement in the ghetto and during their initial tenure in the camp. Then he grows impatient with his father's physical weakness, and finally takes the more active, dominant role in the relationship because of his youth and greater physical strength.
Night opens in a Nazi-occupied ghetto in Eastern Europe. Eliezer's father is a source of strength for the other residents, because of his faith and wisdom. His son looks up to him. However, Eliezer's independence of mind is manifest even in...
He also urges his father to relocate the family to Palestine, which his father refuses to do, as the man is reluctant to leave his homeland. His father is unable to perceive the horror of what awaits in Auschwitz, and Eliezer later blames his father, on some level, for this failure. Unlike his father, Eliezer is incapable of saying Kaddish for the dead when he first sees the crematoriums. The longer the boy remains in Auschwitz, the more of a skeptic his father's faith Eliezer becomes.
Still, when Eliezer is initially brought to Auschwitz he is overjoyed to remain with his father, who represents a source of stability and security, especially since Eliezer has been taken away from his mother and sisters. Eliezer and his father initially work side-by-side. As the cruelty of the camp begins to penetrate his soul, Eliezer grows…
This apathetic sentiment even envelops the narrator, as the following quotation demonstrates by showing that Eliezer knew that "the child was still alive when I passed him." Despite this fact, the narrator does nothing to help the child due to his extreme apathy. However, the narrator's apathy is proven most effectively by his silent answer to the question as to God's presence, which the subsequent quotation suggests. "Where is
Isaac and Rebekah seemed to have a happy and healthy functional marriage. While it is never overtly stated in the text, the implication is that the two love one another. However, despite what one assumes is a fairly active sex life, Rebekah is unable to conceive and they do not create a child during Rebekah's childbearing years. She passes into old age, which makes one believe that she will
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Kierkegaard "Fear and Trembling" Kierkegaard Before we actually move on to Kierkegaard's book and debate about his claim in this book, a brief about Kierkegaard's work would be appropriate that could help us in understanding it better. Known as the "father of existentialism," Kierkegaard's works have been profound, intellectually sound and highly artistic. His works have not been just focused on one or more subjects rather his idea cover and transcend many
history medical studies have concluded that prayer helps to heal the sick. Many political meetings begin with a prayer and American currency has the words "In God We Trust" imprinted on its face. Around the world God is a powerful deity and one that has historically led entire societies to make decisions based on God's word. While God has been the single deity that leads and guides societies in