The Common Theme Of Dehumanization In Night By Elie Wiesel

1421 WordsOct 14, 20176 Pages
Imagine, losing the part of you that makes you unique, or being treated like you were worth absolutely nothing. Think about losing all that you hold on to: your family, friends, everything that you had. Imagine, being treated like an animal, or barely receiving enough food to live. All of these situations and more is what the Jews went through during the Holocaust. During the period of 1944 - 1945, a man by the name of Elie Wiesel was one of the millions of Jews that were experiencing the wrath of Hitler’s destruction in the form of intense labor and starvation. The novel Night written by the same man, Elie Wiesel, highlights the constant struggle they faced every single day during the war. From the first acts of throwing the Jews into…show more content…
Another way the Germans dehumanized the Jews was by taking away all of their belongings. Some of these items they could live without, but they definitely did not realize how much they took them for granted. Lastly, the Jews were given numbers instead of their names. As the novel claimed, “The three “veteran” prisoners, needles in hand, tattooed numbers on our left arms. I became A-7713. From then on, I had no other name” (Wiesel 42). This act of taking away the Jews names and replacing them with numbers is an inhumane act which is dehumanizing towards them. People do not realize that something as simple as a name can have so much meaning until it is taken away. Therefore, the Germans stripped the Jews of everything that resembled a past life, which was dehumanizing. Next, the Germans stripped the Jews of their faith, which is another way they dehumanized them. An example of this is that Elie stopped believing in God. According to the novel, “Blessed be God’s name? Why, but why would I bless Him? Every fiber in me rebelled… And I, the former mystic, was thinking: Yes, man is stronger, greater than God” (Wiesel 67). The Germans were taking away the faith of the Jews by everything that they were doing in the concentration camps. They were burning children, shooting at babies, and killing Jews left and right. Since they were doing

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