The Relationship between Eliezer and his Father


The two characters in question are probably the most vitalindividuals in the entire story as the plot of the novel unfoldswith interactions between the two being almost the entire center offocus. There was far much more to admire as far as the relationshipbetween Eliezer and his father was concerned, during the initialstages of the novel. The relationship seemed to improve as the storyconcludes and the two, father and son spend valuable time togethersharing, as well as enjoying moral support from each other. The briefwrite up will explore the relationship development between Eliezerand his dad from sour relationship to a friendly association. Furtherthe circumstances that influenced different times and feelingsbetween Eliezer and his dad will be mentioned in the paper. Thereexisted a unique and interesting relationship between Eliezer and hisdad that was characterized bad blood between the two characters butthe animosity failed to endure the test of time and circumstances asthe novel comes to an end.

Sore relationships between parents and their youthful kids is acommon phenomenon even in real life situations. The author portraysEliezer as a character who though that he knew everything and his waywas the only way. He tended to questions the things that other peopledid under the impression that things were supposed to be different orbetter than they were (Wiesel&ampWiesel, 2011). Talking of Shlomo, he was busy characterwho worked all the time to make the ends meet, and this left hardlyany time to spend with his family. That lack of time to attend to thedelicate personal needs of a youth worked against the prospects of agod relationship between the two characters of interest to the paper.Therefore, the relationship between Eliezer and Shlomo was not goodat all as Eliezer dedicated his efforts to criticize and blame hisdad for the bad things that happened (Wiesel&ampWiesel, 2011). In fact, Eliezer believed that his daddid nothing to protect his family from the impending holocaust anddeportation. Blame game, hatred and contempt are the terms todescribe the bad relationship.

Talking of the holocaust, the two characters found themselves in asituation that could not accommodate hatred, but cement love andclose contact. This was the turning point for the relationshipbetween Eliezer and his dad as the two become great friends whosupported each other in times of need (Wiesel&ampWiesel, 2011). Surprisingly, Eliezer found passion andcomfort from his dad as they tried their best to navigate life in thedetention camp.

Regardless of the circumstances that surrounded the turning point,one would classify the relationship as extremely healthy, as well asnecessary to overcome the hardships of the detention camp (Wiesel&ampWiesel, 2011). The attention that was denied fromEliezer by his dad was compensated, and being the physically strongcharacter, Eliezer did all things that called for such qualities. Onthe other hand, Shlomo provided wisdom and moral support to his son,and the two lived happily in a special way given the circumstances(Wiesel&ampWiesel, 2011). Therefore, the relationship between thetwo had a sore beginning, but as the two found themselves incircumstances that provided less options but them becoming friends,the hatred was dissolved to pave way for love and compassion betweendad and son. Even at the time of departure when Shlomo was sent to begassed, Eliezer could feel the pain of losing his father.


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