Dehumanization And Oppression In Elie Wiesel's Novel Night

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In the novel Night, the author and protagonist, Elie, goes through change because of dehumanization and oppression. During World War II, Adolf Hitler wanted to abolish all Jews from society by murdering and putting them in concentration camps, an event known as the Holocaust. These camps held millions of Jews that were treated like dehumanized animals by the German police. Night is a novel written about the experiences about a boy, Elie Wiesel, who lived through the holocaust. He wrote Night in order to give a voice to those that were unable to do so of the events in the concentration camps. In Night, Elie Wiesel's faith was strong in the beginning of the novel, and started to decrease during his time at the concentration camp, and completely disappeared by the end of the Holocaust. In the beginning of the story Elie’s Jewish faith was strong and devoted that he wanted to become more knowledgeable and pursue a career in it. In Night, Elie states, “He wanted to drive the idea that studying Kabbalah from my mind… I succeeded on my own in finding a master for myself...” (Wiesel 4). The quote explains that even though Elie’s father was against Elie studying Kabbalah, he decided to find himself someone to teach him about his faith. Elie was devoted to his faith that he diobeyed his father's request and found himself a mentor. Additionally, Elie states, “and Moishe the Beadle, the poorest of the poor of Sighet, spoke to me for hours on end about the Kabbalah’s revelations and its mysteries.Together we would would read...not to learn it by heart but to discover within the essence of divinity” (Wiesel 5). Elie and Moishe the Beadle, Elie’s new mentor, read the Zohar together and talked about the meaning of each verse to each other for long periods of time. Once he had found his mentor, Elie spent most of his time with Moishe in order to talk about the Kabbalah faith and get a better understanding of what his faith is asking of him for any situation they may come across. The oppression of the Holocaust and being in the concentration camps led Elie’s faith in God to decrease. Elie states, “Why should I sanctify His name? The Almighty, the eternal and terrible Master of the Universe, chose to be silent. What

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