Dehumanization In Night By Elie Wiesel

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In Elie Wiesel’s novel Night, Wiesel writes about the experiences of Eliezer, his family, and fellow Jews, he explained how the Nazis gradually changes the way the Jews lived little by little. Dehumanization is the process of stripping a person of every quality that makes him human and changing them to fit their needs. Dehumanizing started when Eliezer and other Jews in his community are evacuated from their homes in Sighet. They were transported in cattle cars which related the Jews to no more than livestock. After the harsh transportation the Jews arrived at Auschwitz a concentration camp where Eliezer spent many months of his life. They were whipped, ran, and starved till some of the Jews could not take it. In Elie Wiesel book he explains how he found the stamina to survive these cruel conditions. In the novel Night, Jews were stripped down to where their inner self was visible, and they were publicly humiliated. “For us it meant true equality: nakedness. We trembled in the cold.” (Wiesel 35). This quote shows how the Jews were physically strip of their clothing and set in the cold to freeze. This type of dishonor affected the Jews mentally, as the Navi’s drilled that they were worth nothing into their heads and that they were not valued for anything except for work. Public humiliation was very prevalent in Night, one example is “All the block inmates stood naked between the rows of bunks. This must be how one stands for the Last Judgement.” (Wiesel 71). The Jews were
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