Active Reading Strategies: Nonfiction. Glencoe Literature p.424-425. Evaluate : Make judgments about what you read. Ask yourself: Is this statement a fact or an opinion? Does this information really support the thesis? Do I agree with the writer’s opinions and interpretations?
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Glencoe Literature p.424-425
Say to yourself …
On the train to Buchenwald, Elie witnesses his fellow prisoners fighting over bread thrown into the train. The fight starts to break up, and “When they withdrew, next to me were two corpses, side by side, the father and the son. I was fifteen years old”(96).
Elie is still able to be shocked, even after all he has gone through at the camps already.
Wiesel wants us to see how the camps and the death march drove people to extremes. This son is so desperate for food, he is willing to kill his father for a piece of bread.