Night by Elie Wiesel was the last book I read for my English class this year. Out of all the books that I’ve read, this book by far had the most impact on me. Therefore, I would like to point out one scene in particular that stood out to me while reading it.
The scene that I’d like to point out is when the author, who is also the main character, talks about about how his father dies and how he didn’t even bother crying. Well, isn’t that peculiar? Aren’t tears supposed to be shed when someone you love dies? Well, for Elie, it was different. Throughout the book, he had told us everything about his experience when he was in the concentration camps. He tells us how he had suffered and as though we were there as well, we could see how strong their relationship was. They stuck together regardless. We could also feel as if we saw the father aging and weakening as the book and time progresses. Elie has seen his father being beaten, picked on, and suffer so much that he has become used to it. He’s a new person. No, he did not turn cold-hearted. He became a person that got used to death, pain, and suffering. So, his father’s death was an event that was so tragic, that not even the pain can produce tears. I really like this scene because I feel like I can relate to that feeling. You suffer during life and people tell you that “things will eventually be okay.” Things do become okay, but no one ever says that “things will eventually not be okay again for a while.” I know it sounds quite pessimistic and no one would want to hear that, but it’s reality. Life isn’t fair but let’s face it, without mistakes and struggles, life would be boring and we would be less wise. Elie was against being independent because he was only 16, he loved his father, and we all know that we all don’t want to grow up. However, it took his father’s death for him to realize that he is now alone and that made him change. He started to accept that life goes on and that not everything lasts forever. Once the Jews were liberated, Elie mentions that the Holocaust was not just something that one could just leave behind in the past. They live with the memories of it every day and are a significant part of the world’s history. Elie wished to share his personal experiences with us through this book and did a fantastic job at opening our eyes to how racism can actually impact society.
Eli showed that it is essential for us to be educated of our world’s history so it doesn’t repeat itself.
However, the thing is…
“History never repeats itself, but it rhymes.” – Mark Twain
It has always been like that but like Eli stated, all it takes is time and for us to come together in order for great things to happen and change.
I pay my respects to all the people that endured the pain and suffering during the Holocaust and may the ones that did not make it out of the camp rest in paradise for eternity.