Rafael Cruz                                                                                                       English 10H
2/1/14                                                                                                                 Mr. Sheehan  

    In the novel Night, Elie Wiesel develops the theme of fathers and sons by the usage of figurative language. He also develops his theme by showing how a father and son relationship, can change frequently when life experiences come abroad. To support this theme Wiesel uses irony, symbolism and understatement. These examples of figurative language are also used to show how the relationship between Elie and his father, frequently changes throughout the time spent in the Nazi concentration camps.
    It is clear that throughout the novel the relationship between Elie and his father continuously changes from love, to a sense of hatred. The author creates many different situations to show the odd relationship between the two. A good example of the usage of irony is when a German soldier is brutally beating on Elie’s father, and Elie does nothing to help or better the situation. Instead, he explains that ” I had watched it all happening without moving. I kept silent. In fact, I thought of stealing away in order not to suffer the blows. What’s more, if I felt anger at the moment, it was not directed at the Kapo but at my father”(Wiesel 54). This shows how heartless and selfish Elie was towards his father during that time. It was also very ironic that Elie was not at all sad about the situation. In fact he blamed his father for not avoiding it. It gives an understanding of the type of relationship shared between Elie and his father. Another example of irony is when Elie tries pleasing his father in not eating on the Jewish holiday. “ I did not fast. First of all to please my father who had forbidden me to do so”(Wiesel 69). At times Elie has showed that he doesn’t care about his father, but now he is showing...