I didn't quite understand this part of the book. I mean, I realize that he commited suicide, but I don't fully grasp the overall situation, I guess. I'm thinking he simply went mad. Maybe he was so ready to die, and burning himself was the only easy way he could think of and the raid was the only time to gain access to the soup. I found this very disturbing and again, just the entire book overall really brings the entire Holocaust into perspective. I mean, normally you just hear something about Hitler and the camps and alot of people were murdered. But hearing it from Elie's point of view, you see new things. You hear about people committing suicide, turning their backs on their family, losing their faith, and losing their humanity. It's a new side of the Holocaust you normally don't see.
I dindnt get so much that part of the book either. Why would he commit suicide infront of evryone, he knew he was being watched. Was he really that desperate to die? It was very stupid of the guy to do that in the raid, he only gave up his life for nothing, the rest of the prisoners had hope when the bombing started and he kind of blew that for some poeple.
I think well this was the way i took when i read this part the reason he commited suicide was because he had lost all sense of hope. He knew that his only way out was dying there. Also like Britney said he had gone mad but not the mad of crazy he had gone mad in the sense that he had lost all prepose of living he has a empty soul. Also he gave the imagine to the prisoners that there was no hope that was the only way out. He also sent that imagine to the prisoners which i mentioned he left a message.
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