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Transcript of ch.8
A Turmoil Within Quotes This quote was said by the Blockalteste
he was explaining to Eliezer that the
concentration camp is everyman for
himself and Elie should not be giving his
rations of food to his weak old father.
This quote is very important because
after he says it, Elie listens without
interrupting, and he agrees. As much as
he didn't want to admit it, he knew that
it was too late to save his father anyway.
The quote is connected to the chapter
because this is one of the things we see
as we read that show us how Elie is
changing as a person.
"I did not weep, and it pained me that I could not weep. But I was out of tears. And deep inside me, if I could have searched the recesses of my feeble conscience, I might have found something like: Free at last! . . ."
(page 112) When Eliezer's father died, Eliezer did not cry. He had no tears, but if he were too look deep down inside his weak body he would have found something like free at last. The importance of this is it shows how much Eliezer has changed as a person. He went from being this innocent caring boy to a different person who had only himself to take care of. This is connected to the chapter because he wanted to be free. Free of the responsibility, and use all his strength to fight for his own survival, and to take care of only himself. Figurative Language "His eyes were closed. But i was convinced that he was seeing everything. The he was seeing the truth in all things." paradox Eliezer's father’s eyes are closed, he can't possibly see anything, yet he does see everything, at least the truth in all things. He knew that he was going to die very soon, and there was nothing he could do about it but close his eyes and wait metaphor "We let ourselves sink into the floor." Everyone was so glad to finally be out of the freezing wind, when they got inside they let themselves finally be able to lay down and rest. Visuals A group of SS officers. These men were armed and had power over all the Jews at all times. The Jewish people listened to everything they were ordered to do by these men. Some of these men didn’t even care if they were hurting old, weak people who could do nothing to help themselves. People were given rations of bread each day. It’s important because you need to eat to survive. The hunger inside of people brought out the worst in them and broke such strong relationships. The bread caused prisoners to beat up Eliezer's father for his ration. The small piece of bread turned neighbors, and friends into animals. Eliezer was looking for his father for hours when he finally got a block where they were being served black coffee, his father called out to him. Eliezer brought his father a cup of coffee and took a gulp and his father had the rest. The cup of coffee is important because when Eliezer gave it to his father he felt as if he just gave his father more satisfaction than during his entire childhood. Everywhere Eliezer and his father have gone during these terrible times, they have always been together. At the beginning of this chapter as they enter the camp, Eliezer's grip on his father's hand tightens, as to not to lose him. They have been living, surviving, and keeping themselves together, for each other. When hundreds of prisoners were crowding the area of the showers, the prisoners who didn't have the strength to jostle, or even stand, sat down in the snow. Eliezer's father wanted to do the same. Eliezer and his father went toward a pile of snow, and his father wanted to stay there until Eliezer they can go into the showers. Eliezer knew that if his father fell asleep here, he would not wake up because the cold would kill him. Eliezer has a huge responsibility bestowed upon him, to keep his father alive, for as long as he can. The SS officers were in front of the block, giving orders. When an SS officer passed between the bunks, Eliezer's father was pleading for water. The officer came closer and shouted to be silent, but he didn’t hear, and continued to call Eliezer. The SS officer came and started to beat up the father in front of everyone. Eliezer didn't move because he was afraid to get beat up himself. In this chapter we see Eliezer change as a person dramatically because Eliezer is getting weaker he couldn't think of a way to keep his father from getting hurt, but he could only help himself. In Buchenwald the sick were not given any food because they were extremely ill, and would die very soon and it would be a waste of food. Although Eliezer had given his father what was left of his soup he gave it to him unwillingly and he was aware of what he was doing. This shows that Eliezer didn't really want to give his father the last of his soup, but he had to. The entrance of the Buchenwald camp. At this camp the SS officers are waiting for the prisoners to come so they can be counted. Once your here there is no turning back. You can either give up and die, or try to survive and hope you will be freed from the horrifying place. While you stay in the Buchenwald camp, you slowly start to lose your humanity. You can go from such a giving and caring person, to a selfish person in order to survive these harsh conditions. One of the first few things the prisoners were ordered to do was to take a hot shower. The idea of a nice warm shower excited all the prisoners after running for so long in the harsh cold weather, and then being able to rest. Taking a shower and just keep proper hygiene is essential for life. Having usual showers help you stay clean and germ free, so you can't get sick easily, whereas the prisoners haven't taken a shower in so long. So when they eat, bacteria may get into their food and they eat it, and become terribly sick causing them, in bad cases, to die. At the end of the chapter, Eliezer's father dies. Eliezer does not have to take care of anyone else except himself. He can use all his strength remaining and survive without the stress or worry about saving anyone else. Eliezer can now have his own rations of bread and soup to himself, without sharing. Although he is alone now, and doesn't have anyone, in his advantage he is now relieved of any responsibility. I chose the title "A Turmoil Within." Turmoil means "A state of great commotion, confusion, or disturbance." I put the word "Within" because in this chapter Eliezer is faced with a lot of confusion about his father. He's thinking of stuff that he would never think about, ever. Especially when there’s other people giving him ideas. When the Blockalteste was talking to Eliezer he said there’s nothing you can do for your father, and that he shouldn't be wasting his rations of bread on him, instead Eliezer should be getting his father's rations. Eliezer starts to think about what he said and as much as he didn't want to admit it, he knew it was kind of what he wanted. So Eliezer is faced with confusion. While listening to this music clip, I start to think about a father and son's relationship and how strong it is. In Elie's case their relationship changes and it's hard for Elie, a young boy, to take care of a man. Listening to this kind of makes me think about my relationship with my mother. Our relationship is very strong, and I have no clue what I’d do without her. Losing her would be one of the hardest things in life.