Question 1

How did camp life change the prisoners as a person? A family? And relationships with other human beings?

The camp change the prisoners in a way because of aggressiveness. People were fighting over rations of bread or mugging others for a chunk of rubber. Other people became aware of what others are going threw and helped. The jews also ate snow to quench their thirst. Camp also changed the prisoners as a family because Elie and his father became more attached and were always there for each other. Elie risked his life, could have been killed, to save his father from going in the wrong line. He also sat with his father while he passed away to comfort him. But on the other hand other families were torn apart with hatred. Some prisoners didn't care who was who. In the story a boy killed his father for his stuff. Lastly the camp effected relationships in two ways. One by not caring for any other people and caring about survival and greed. No care for love or family. People beat other prisoners up often and showed hatred. Second by realizing what other people are going through and helping other people out. For example in the story, a man told Elie and his father to say they were different ages than they were really. This was to save them from being executed. Elie tried to encourage his friend to be strong and make it.

Elie Wiesel

The picture to the left is a photograph of prisoners in their "beds" Elie Wiesel is the farthest one (top seventh from the left).


Night by Elie Wiesel