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By: Elie Wiesel
The summary of Night:
Elie Wiesel and his family went through a long journey. Elie was fifteen years old when this all started. They were told that they had to leave the small ghetto. So they were told to get on train and they were being shipped to who knows where. The Jews were confused they had no idea where they were going. They got to a camp and it was horrifying they could smell dead corpses burning. It was human flesh. Elie got separated from his mom and sister. But Elie got to go with his father. They had to lie about there age to stay alive and to be together. Elie and his father went through many obstacles. They changed roles throughout the book. They went from father son to peers and last but not least from Elie growing up and being like the father.
What I liked about the book was the figurative language they compared different things. Also I liked the reversal of roles between Chlomo and Elie.
I liked the book but I did not like how the Germans treated the Jews its horrible I don’t think I could do that to anyone. I also would not be able to watch someone get hanged.
What can you learn from reading this book?
I think that you can learn about how the Germans treated the Jews and also that people treat each other the same as back then and they say no its different now . People say how horrible it is but they do the same thing.
Essential Questions:
What are some root causes of persecution?
Dictators that take over or different religions that don’t get along and they fight.
What are some current examples of persecution that take place in today’s world?
Darfur, Crisis in the Congo, and Genocide in Cambodia
What does Night teach us about what it means to be human?
That people felt like they died already because they had no name no freedom and no personality. So when Elie left the camps he felt like he came back alive and got his life back. So Night teaches us that being yourself is a big part of your life.

Adrianna Knauer
Mr. Hershey
English 2
April 2, 2009

Role Reversal in Night
The book Night by Elie Wiesel shows the different experiences and relationships that occur in the camp. Elie and his father went through many different issues in the concentration camps. They go through many obstacles through this journey. Elie and his father Chlomo develop many different roles in their relationships. As their time passes in the concentration camps, Elie matures into a fatherly role.
Upon the arrival to the concentration camps, Elie shows a childish dependency toward his father. Elie’s father continues to provide protection for his son when they walk to their barracks. Elie explains, “I kept walking, my father holding my hand” (29). As they await their fate in the first selection, Elie thinks to himself, “The baton pointed to the left. I took half a step forward. I first wanted to see where they would send my father. Were he to have gone to the right. I would have run after him” (32). Also Elie shows his dependency by thinking to himself, “My hand tightened its grip on my father. All I could think of was not to lose him. Not to remain alone” (30). Winter reflected by saying” He clings to his father, contriving to stay close to him in the camps; this closeness in his sole source of reassurance and safety, although he knows it is precarious” (276). This shows Elie’s childish dependency toward his father in the beginning of the book.
As time passes throughout the concentration camps, Elie and his father develop a peer like relationship. When Elie would not give Franek his gold crown he started to beat Elie’s father. So Elie thought, “I decided to give my father lessons in marching in step, in keeping times” (55). Elie and his father further demonstrate a co-dependency halfway through their time in the camp. Eliezer finds himself taking care of himself and his father. Therefore,”Eliezer finds himself in the role of the teacher, desperately but unsuccessfully trying to show his father how to march in step so the guards will stop beating and taunting him for his clumsiness (Sanderson 279). Furthermore, during Rashashana Elie do not want to be happy and his father understands. Elie reflects “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). When Elie was sleeping on the train he was being strangled. So his father grabbed his aggressor. His father shows his fatherly roles by protecting Elie. “Elie’s father saves him from being strangled” (102). This relationship shows Elie and his father’s peer like relationship in the middle of the book.
Toward the end of the concentration camp, Elie develops a fatherly role and his father becomes more childish. “These efforts demand that Eliezer become an adult to help both himself and his father survive…” (Sanderson278). When Elie gets to the Appleplatz his father says, “Have pity on your old father…. Let me rest here…. A little…I beg of you, I’m so tired …. No more strength…” (105). Elie tries to encourage his father to stay living. Elie wanted to care for his father so he exchanged cots by giving his ration of bread to someone else. “These efforts demand that Eliezer become an adult to help both himself and his father survive…” (Sanderson278). Furthermore, Elie’s father is more like the son by relying on Elie. Chlomo pleads, “Eliezer…. Eliezer tell them not to beat me… (109). Elie develops a fatherly role by doing everything for his father. Elie gives his rations of bread and soup to be with his father. Elie’s father expected him to give him his food and water and everything he needed. Chlomo said “My son water…. I’m burning up…. My insides….” (111). At the end of this book their relationship shows how the roles reverse.
In conclusion, during the time in the concentration camps Elie matures into a fatherly role and his father becomes the child in the relationship. Winters reflects, “These events truly show how deeply dehumanizing life in the camps is: how it removes all feelings of pity, empathy, kindness, faith, loyalty, and love, in favor of brute survival” (276). The time spent together since they were in the German concentration camps changed their whole relationship. They went from father to son to more like friends to Elie becoming the father figure to Chlomo being the child.
Reflections On Essay:
What did I learn fro this writing essay?
I learned how to intergrate quotes into my paragraphs.
What did I do well in this unit?
I did well on my essay and I took time to check my mistakes.
What areas could I improve on?

I could improve on my commas and intergrateing my sentences better.