Examples Of Dehumanization In Night By Elie Wiesel

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Dehumanization, and Cruelty; its Affect in Night The actions the Nazis committed during WWII were unbearable for even the strongest people. Prisoners were tortured, starved, and slaughtered just for being Jewish. Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor, had to endure the atrocities at the age of 15. Wiesel describes these events in his memoir Night. A result of the dehumanization and other cruelty that he faces leads Elie Wiesel to a loss of his faith. Before the events of the Holocaust, Elie Wiesel was devoted to the Cabbala and all of Moshe the Beadle’s teachings. His father is not always too keen on Elie Wiesel’s view on Cabbalism. Wiesel spends whole evenings at the Synagogue almost every day with Moshe the Beadle. They would ask questions and discuss their beliefs in the darkness of the building. Wiesel states, “I believed profoundly” (1). Elie Wiesel is so immersed with his religion to the point it becomes first instinct in his mind, and he strives for more knowledge. Elie Wiesel is confident with his religion until Moshe the Beadle asks him a simple question, “Why do you pray?” Wiesel (2). Elie Wiesel responds internally, “Why did I pray? A strange question. Why did I live? Why did I breathe?” (2). . Elie Wiesel’s strong connection with his religion will cause him to experience extreme losses later in his life. Once Elie Wiesel gets off of the train at Auschwitz-Birkenau, he is about to undergo a religion crisis. Immediately at the arrival at Birkenau Elie Wiesel and
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