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Summary:
This book is about Elie Wiesel's personal experiences in concentration camps during the Holocaust. In the beginning, it shows Elie and his family living an everyday life, no big worries. Then, Moishe the Beadle is transported to a concentration camp and then escapes. He tells all the Jews the troubles he has seen. No one believes him and they continue to be optimistic. After that, German officers come and later begin piling the Jews into small ghettos. Their optimism is slowly fading. Before they know it, they are being shovejd onto trains and deported to these concentration camps. Little do they know, this would be where most of them would die. As the book progresses, it demonstrates how the roles of father and son become altered. Elie deals with numerous struggles and hardships throughout the book that he must deal with. His father's presence was the only thing motivating him. They soon grow to have a peer-like relationship where they both rely on each other. Later on in the book, Elie's father becomes more childlike in his ways and depends on Elie to take care of him. Read Night to hear pesonal tragedies about what happened in the concentratoin camps, especially how bonds are broken and relationships are altered.

What we can learn from reading this book:
We can learn that no matter what we will have our families to support us. Elie and his father had each other's backs throughout the entire book. We can also learn to never give up because it could result and great things if you stick through it.

Likes:
The descriptions. It helped me really see what happened in the concentration camps, not sugar coated.
To see the transformation of father and son from the beginning to the end of the book.
The comparisons. It helped explain things better for me.
That Elie made it out alive.

Dislikes:
The descriptions. It made it more realistic, which is scarey and really upsetting.
Elie's father dying.
The reality of it. This book gave me much more insight than any of the text books do.

Essential Questions:
1. What are the root causes of persecution?
The root causes of persecution are hatred and feeling inferior. If someone is threatened by someone or something they will try to eliminate it. They want what they think to be the right and the only thing that you can believe.

2. What are some current exapmles of persecution that take place in today's world?
An example of current prosecutions that take place in the world today is the genocide of Cambodia. Pol Pot lead a communist guerilla group that took power and forced everyone into labor camps. Everyone with a successful job, as well as their families, were killed. Children were separated from their families and thrown into camps. You could be shot for anything and everything that you did. It is an estimated 2 million people were killed.

3. What does Night teach us about what it means to be human?
Night teaches us that as soon as you aren’t treated like a human you aren’t one anymore. The people in the concentration camps were treated like dogs, sometimes worse than dogs. Because of the way they were being treated, they were stripped of their title of being a human began to act vulgar and vicious.


Unit Questions:
1. How does Elie's relationship with his father change?
Elie’s relationship with his father changes throughout the book. At first, Elie obtains a child-like dependency for his father. His father is the only thing he has left so he clings to him and tries not to be separated from him. In the middle, they develop a peer-like relationship. They both rely on each other for support. Later, Elie plays the fatherly role and his father slides down to a needy child. His father depends on Elie to look after him.

2. How does Elie's experience in the concentration camp affect his spirituality?
Elie’s time in the concentration camp affects his spirituality greatly. Because of the unfortuanate events that are happening to him and the people around him he believes there is not God and that man is greater than God. He wonders why God isn’t doing anything about all of the pain and suffering that is occurring. He thinks that if man can make all of this suffering happen and God is doing nothing, man must have the power.

3. How does Elie us figurative language to enhance the vividness of his experience?
Instead of just flat out saying this happened and that happened, he compares some of his experiences so we can get a full understanding of what really happened. He can be very detailed in his language which opens our eyes a little more to the full extent of the events that occured.



What did I learn from writing this essay?
I learned about how a relationship is altered enduring certain events. I really understood in-depth about Elie and his father's relationship. I also learned that Elie and his father switched roles and positions numerous times due to specific situations.

What did I do well in this unit?
I think I did pretty well in this unit. I feel like I grasped the transformation of Elie and his father's relationship very well. Also, I really understood what was going on in the book, so there wasn't a lot of confusion.

What areas could I improve on?
There aren't a lot of things that I can think of that I could improve on in this unit. However, this book has taught me to really value the things that I have in life and always honor and love my parents because a tragedy could happen. It was so unexpected how Elie was taken away from his home, friends, and evenually his family. I never want that to happen to me but the only thing I can do now is treasure the things that I have in life.