How Does Elie Wiesel Survive In Night

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In certain situations, surviving is the only thing possible. In Elie Wiesel’s Night (2006), the protagonist of this book, Eliezer Wiesel, finds this our when he and many other Jews are gathered up to endure something now known as the Holocaust. In the beginning of the book, Eliezer had to leave his home, along with other Jews, in the town of Sighet, Transylvania in order to go to concentration camps. They had to live and travel under the harshest conditions. Eliezer survived the whole ordeal, although he lost his father nearing the end. Eliezer’s fearful and giving character along with his enduring determination eventually lead to him surviving the Holocaust and almost helping his dad do the same. Eliezer’s fearful personality shows his character. Eliezer loves his father and is afraid of being separated from his father’s affection and/or protection. This is most likely because of…show more content…
There are plenty of examples of this. One of them happens when Eliezer was trying to encourage a boy named Zalman to keep running with the group they were in, because if they couldn’t keep up they would be shot: “Near me, men were collapsing into the dirty snow. Gunshots. A young boy from Poland was marching beside me. His name was Zalman. . . . He couldn’t go on. He had to stop a moment. I begged him: . . . ‘Make an effort, Zalman . . . Try . . .’” (86). Another example of his desire to live happens when he is buried under a corpse that is heavy and suffocating. He is overcome with the will to live and escapes death: “Someone had lain down on top of me smothering me. I couldn’t breathe through my mouth or my nose . . . . This was it; the end of the road. A silent death, suffocation. . . . My whole desire to live became concentrated in my nails. I scratched, I fought for a breath of air. . . . Was I struggling with a dead man? I shall never know. All I can say is that I prevailed”

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