While Eliezer does help his father survive many times, his father also helps him. The rabbi’s son no longer has anyone to help him, so I predict he’ll die. I also predict that Eliezer’s father will die, because it seems increasingly evident that he is not physically fit enough to survive this. When reading this, I found it interesting that Eliezer’s will to survive is for his father, yet it is fairly evident that his father will die soon. I am worried about what will happen to Eliezer if his father dies.
The father began to cry and this was the only time that Elie saw his father cry. Elie felt emotion and love from his father, which made him feel safe and cared for. Elie relies on his father and needs to be with his father in the camp. When he is going through selection before a Kommando, he begs the officer saying, “I want to stay with my father,” (48); a sad cry from child that softens the Kommando’s heart. Elie and his father have a strong relationship and Elie wants to survive with his father.
“As I sit in the cool green-draped parlor, the grindstone begins to turn and time with all its changes is ground away and I remember Doodle.”(Hurst, 384). As the narrator says Doodle is the coolest brother a boy could have ever had. Thinking about it “Everybody thought he would die, except Aunt Nicey.”(Hurst, 384-385). Hurst is showing the multiple outcomes of Doodle’s life by foreshadowing how there are people who think he is going to die but then there are others who believe in him. Now, “It was bad enough having an invalid brother but having one who was possibly not all there unbearable.” So now Doodle’s brother whom Hurst is showing as the narrator through indirect characterization is scared he might never have a normal brother like all of the rest of his friends.
He has seen so much death and people giving up which makes him realize there is “no longer any reason to live (99).” He let’s himself think of how easy it would be to give up the fight for life and accept his fate. The one thing that kept Elie alive this whole time was becoming a burden. He loses his father one morning and wishes he “didn’t even find him (106).” He wants to use his own strength for his survival and believes he will live if he let’s his father die. After his father’s death Elie gains a huge sense of hopelessness, during this period he thought to himself how “nothing matter[s] to him anymore (113).” He didn’t even think about his family or friends anymore. He lost his hope in surviving and his will to live.
Another example would be at the end of the novel, after the father dies, when the boy is encountered by “A veteran of old skirmishes, bearded, scarred across his check and the bone stoven and the one eye wondering.” (282) The veteran asks the boy to come with him and his family. After the boy finds out that they “don’t eat people,” he makes the right decision by joining them in the struggle for survival. (284) This is the right decision because if he hadn’t gone with them, he would have died. This shows that the boy is much more mentally experienced and brave than he used to be. If it weren’t for his father to teach him the ways of survival, he probably would have run away when the veteran
But I beg to differ because in the book, both the man and the boy’s goal were to make it through all the obstacles they were going to face. “He walked out on the beach to the edge of the light and stood with his clenched fists on top of his skull and fell to his knees sobbing with rage” (McCarthy 250). The novel is hopeful because even though there were times the father felt like he was culpable for his son’s illnesses or starvation, he still tried to keep him alive because he had faith that his child would soon recuperate. “Here they camped and when he lay down that he could go no further and that this was the place where he would die” (McCarthy 277). Even though the man had died, this was no moment of despair.
Elie knows Eliahu's son had purposely left him since his father was becoming weak and his song wanted to survive. He, Elie, had said “And in spite of myself, a prayer formed inside of me, a prayer to this God in whom I no longer believe. 'Oh God, Master of the Universe, give me the strength to never do what Rabbi Eliahu's son has done. '” This shows Elie is trying everything, even praying to the one he no longer believes in, to keep his father by his side since he's no become Elie's only reason to go on. Even though by the end of the book, his father was visually becoming worse and worse each day, and Elie started to feel the need to leave him for his own
There is an aura of fear behind it, as Eliezer believes his father is going to die. This, to him, would be more than simply the loss of another family member. It would be the loss of the last remaining thing that gives him hope and a reprieve from the constant hell his life has become— the last vestige of his life before the Holocaust. It could be argued that it was this bond to his father, and by extension, to his life prior, that gave him the hope he needed to stay alive. This is most obvious when Elie writes ,“How good it would be to die right here!” This outburst of emotion demonstrates a terrible fear of losing his father.
However, Gene is also at war. I think that the title, A Separate Peace is talking about Gene trying to come to peace with himself and what he has done to Phineas. At one point Gene says that everyone has an enemy that they struggle with and only Finny did not. Finny symbolizes the peace that Gene is trying to achieve because Finny is such a nice person that likes everyone, when Finny dies Gene’s goal of reaching peace within himself dies because he will always be haunted by Finny. Gene also dies a little inside when Finny dies because Finny was basically the most important thing in his life because Gene’s personality is two sided he can be nice and happy and carefree like Finny was and he can also be jealous, scholarly, and not fun, like he is.
By doing this they were allowed to stay together, Wiesel and his father saved them from an early passing. He dedicated his days in hard labour to always keep him and his father safe from cremation. His father gave him hope to survive the camps; he gave Elie hope to live. “As for me, I was thinking not about death but about not wanting to be separated from my father. We had already suffered so much, endured so much together.” (Wiesel, 2006.