How does one recover from extreme hardship?
The Watch by Elie Wiesel
In the short story “The Watch” by Elie Wiesel, he wrote this journey to take us through his upsetting, yet motivationalodyssey as a survivor of a Nazi camp during WWII. Elie was born and lived in Sighet, Romania, he was raised following the Jewish religious beliefs in a ghetto area. Forced to live in this area, Elie and his family still manage to live the best life they can. Being Jewish he had a bar mitzvah at the age of 13, he received a gold watch: “As for me, my only possession was my watch. (Page 1)” This was a general gift to show the newly made man that he now had responsibilities and had to act more carefully towards the Torah, its rules and laws. Taken to the Nazi camp at 15 he found himself, along with his parents and sister, burying his watch along with all their most valuable or attached items before they left. They buried them in their garden. During the time spent in the Nazi camp Elie, his family and others trapped in this horrible place had the mindset that they would get out and retrieve their past lives. Twenty years later Elie went back to the exact spot in his old garden that he buried the watch and started to dig. Once he found it he reburied it. This symbolized him moving on from his dreaded memories and leaving them buried with his watch: “In retrospect, I tell myself that probably I simply wanted to leave my past behind me, underneath the silent soil, a reflection of my presence. (Page 5)” According to this short story Elie Wiesel recovered from extreme hardship by burring his watch along with horrible memories.
I did awesome on my quotes.
I could work on my image choices and writing sentences that need to be there. Not ‘just beach’ sentences.