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…
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 in Night because of how the Jews treated each other, and how Elie changed physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The Jews’ close relationships slowly deteriorated due to dehumanization. In the beginning the Jews looked out for one another, but once in Auschwitz, everything they once were and believed in started to fade. For example, Akiba Drumer used to be a rabbi, endlessly praying his days away. After being in the concentration camps he loses his faith for God, saying “It’s over, God is no longer with us… I suffer hell in my soul and flesh … How can I believe, how can anyone believe in this God of Mercy?” (p.76-77). After suffering so much, Akiba can’t even believe in his closest relationship of God anymore. This causes the past

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