Survival (on the Book Night)

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The book Night is about the holocaust as experienced by Elie Weisel from inside the concentration camps. During World War II millions of innocent Jews were taken from their homes to concentration camps, resulting in the deaths of 6 million people. There were many methods of survival for the prisoners of the holocaust during World War II. In the book Night, there were three main modes of survival, faith, family, and food. From the examples in the book Night, faith proved to be the most successful in helping people survive the holocaust. While obtaining food seemed to be the entire purpose of life for the people imprisoned in the camps, it often killed more people than it saved. Though focusing on food seemed like a logical …show more content…

Near the end of the book, Elie’s father had grown very sick, and even though Elie knew that he was on the brink of death, he left his father’s side. He woke up one morning, and went to his father’s bed, but he was missing. While searching the whole camp for his dad, Elie silenlty prayed, “Don’t let me find him. If only I could get rid of this dead weight, so I could use all of my strength to fight for my own survival and only worry about myself” (Weisel, 100). On January 29, when Elie learned that his father had died, his first thought was, “Free at last” (Weisel, 106). Obviously, having to worry about family only resulted in dependencies, burdens, ruined relationships, and death. Although focusing on food or family didn’t help save the lives of prisoners, having faith in humanity, their dreams for after the war, and above all, God, gave many people the strength and will to survive. Keeping faith was generally a successful way to survive the holocaust. A lot of the people in the concentration camps stayed very faithful to God, and in Night those people survived more often than not. Despite the starvation and labor they had to endure, some people kept their faith in their religion very strong. At one point, a man named Akiba Drumer said, “God is testing us, he wants to find out whether we can dominate our base instincts and kill the Satan within us. We have no right to despair, and if

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