The book, Night, is not only about Elie Wiesel’s personal experience throughout the Holocaust, it is also about his relationship with his father and how that relationship changes throughout the story. Eliezer and his father start off at the beginning of the story having a normal father-son relationship, but going through the horrifying events that they did it is inevitable that your feelings toward each other will change even just slightly. Although Eliezer did have short moments of thought where he wondered how life would be without the responsibility of his father, he still loved and cared for his father to his utmost ability up until the night where his father passed away.
Eliezer’s family is split up early on in the story. As the family arrives in Birkenau, they are forced to separate into two groups. “An SS came toward us wielding a club. He commanded: “Men to the left! Women to the right! ” Immediately their family was separated. Eliezer and his father walked one way and his mother and sisters walked the opposite way. Eliezer then realized that he and his father had to stay together no matter what.
As Eliezer and his father marched and marched they approached one of the many barracks they would stay at. It had only been a night since they left their family on the train, but Eliezer had already started to change. “The student of Talmud, the child I was, had been consumed by flames. All that was left was a shape that resembled me. My soul had been invaded-and devoured-by a black flame.” This passage shows how abruptly a single event can change a person’s character.
One morning after the men had roll call, Eliezer’s father asked a Gypsy inmate that was in charge where the toilets were located. The Gypsy then stared at him for a long time before slapping him with “…such force that he fell down and then crawled back to his place on all fours.” “I stood petrified. What had happened to me? My father had been struck, in front of me, and I had not...