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  • "My throat was dry and the words were choking me, paralyzing my lips. There was nothing else to say."
  • After Ellie hears the news that the entire ghetto will be forced to leave, he feels fragile. Ellie's father asks him to wake up a family friend. When Ellie wakes up the old man he is confused and frightened. Ellie was so stunned and scared it was hard to get the words out.
  • "I'll run into the electrified barbed wire. That would be easier than a slow death in the flames."
  • Ellie goes from being fragile and scared, to being filled with adrenaline. He has a sudden loss of all hope after seeing the furnace and believes that the only way to end the misery he will endure later is to run into the electrical fence. Ellie believes that there is no way him and his father will ever make it out alive.
  • "I had no desire to listen to what they were saying, or to know who was speaking and what about."
  • Ellie is angry because he just wants to be back home in the ghetto, with his whole family. He does not want to hear what these cruel people have to say, because his hatred is so strong towards them. They are the ones that brought him here. They are the ones that split up his family and they are the cruel ones.
  • "And I nibbled on my crust of bread. Deep inside me, if felt a great void opening."
  • Ellie begins to feel himself changing. His attitude is changing, his beliefs are changing, and the way he looks at life. When experiencing such horrific conditions, no one walks out as the same person that they were when they came in. Ellie begins to feel the separation between his old self and himself in the present.
  • Ellie loves his father but, as they continue in the Death March, Ellie watches other sons abandon their fathers. Ellie promises himself not to become they them, but he cannot help it. As Ellie's father grows weaker, he begins to feel more and more like a burden. Ellie soon becomes distant from his father and abandons him. This is very erratic behavior for Ellie because of his strong love for his father.
  • "I knew he was running out of strength, close to death, and yet I had abandoned him."
  • Ellie has not seem himself since he left the ghetto. As soon as he was able to gaze into his own eyes, he could see everything he had gone through in his face. He saw a faceless and fatherless face. The moment he saw that reality struck, he was different. He may never be the same young man who left the ghetto many years ago.
  • "The look in his eyes as he gazed at me has never left me."
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