Dehumanization in Night, by Elie Wiesel Essay

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In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book, Tender is the Night, Fitzgerald writes “He was so terrible that he was no longer terrible, only dehumanized”. This idea of how people could become almost unimaginably cruel due to dehumanization corresponds with the Jews experience in the Holocaust. The Holocaust was the ruthless massacre of Jewish people, and other people who were consider to be vermin to the predetermined Aryan race in the 1940s. One holocaust survivor and victim was Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize winner and author of Night. Wiesel was one of the countless people to go through the horrors of the concentration camps, which dehumanized people down to their animalistic nature, an echo of their previous selves. Dehumanization worsens over time…show more content…
The son, who had been with his father through everything, abandoned Rabbi Eliahu for the mere chance he could come off better later. This further fits the idea that under harsh conditions, dehumanization can lead to people betraying their own family. Another father -son relationship that falls apart occurs on the train ride to Buchenwald. After a German laborer had thrown a piece of bread into the train car full of staving people, the people on the train ruthlessly fought others for the bread. Among those was a father, who hid some bread to share with his son, who “threw itself over him [the father] … the old man was crying: Meir, my little Meir! Don’t you recognize me … You’re killing your own father” (p.101). The whole scene of people behave like animals to each other and even family members shows how that no one is even remotely like they were before the holocaust. For a single piece of bread, human beings are killing and fighting each other without even thinking about it. This is a glance at to how dehumanized those people were and how they stopped remotely caring about other living people. As Elie watches everything unfold throughout the book, he struggles to keep his past self. As Elie was dehumanized, many previous aspects of his personality regress into nothingness along with himself. At the start of Night, Elie is an innocent kid, devoted to both religion and God. As he spends time in the concentration camps, and sees unbearable
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