Character and Religion
Here, Elie portrays loyalty and love for his father. Even though he is injured, he is still following him.
"Holding a shoe in my hand, for I could not put it on my right foot, I ran, feeling neither pain nor cold... I had made up my mind to accompany my father wherever he went.
Suddenly, out of nowhere, Elie has the miraculous desire to live. He will now do whatever it takes to make sure he makes it out alive. He is no longer suicidal.
"My whole desire to live became concentrated in my nails. I scratched, I fought for a breath of air. I teared at the decaying flesh that did not respond."
"If only didn't find him! If only I were relieved of this responsibility. I could use all of my strength to fight for my own survival, to take care of myself..."
This is the first time Elie really expresses his inner greed and selfishness. This is a huge turning point in the book for Elie.
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