Dehumanization In Night By Elie Wiesel

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Night by Elie Wiesel is a book in which has changed my perspective on the Holocaust. In previous years, I have never pondered the true events that took place. This book changed my point of view. Elie Wiesel composed a piece of literature that has reached people across the world. He used the three themes of dehumanization, complacency, and anonymity to portray his story and his struggles during his childhood. The way that he simply states the magnitude of all that happened is truly touching. He saw people beaten, hung, burned alive, and we saw the true effect of what can happen whenever you are surrounded by hatred. People over the years have taken Elie’s piece of work and based their own off of it. In the song, “Peel This Away”, Freddie Feldman and Gaskit address the true, horrendous crimes of these people. “The Unforgiven” by Metallica is another example of taking Elie’s life and putting another spin on it. Lastly, Jimi Hendrix addresses the hard truth of the Holocaust with his song “The Wind Cries Mary.” These artists took something from this book in a way that we all should. As the song, “Peel This Away” by Freddie Feldman and Gaskit begins, the first verse is one that surprisingly begins in good spirits. This verse expresses the thoughts that were going through the minds of Elie, his family, and the other Jews before things went downhill. The lines, “Life around here is peaceful. Unpleasantness is another world away (at least it used to be).”, express how Elie and his
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