Characters and Religion
"Even I did not believe him. I often sat with him, after services, and listened to his tales, trying to understand his grief."
Elie is a very understanding person, and is always trying to see the best in people.
Elie shows selflessness in this situation because rather than trying to comfort himself, he chose to reassure his father.
"My forehead was covered with cold sweat. Still, I told him that I could not believe human beings were being burned in our times..."
"If I was going to kill myself, this was the time... I gathered all that remained of my strength in order to break rank and throw myself onto the barbed wire."
Elie, after viewing the horrid sights that he did, is faced with his first suicidal thoughts. He has now realized that in the camps, his life isn't even worth living.
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