The Importance Of Dehumanization In Night By Elie Wiesel

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The memoir named Night by Elie Wiesel shows how The Jews in the concentration camps would be treated so horribly, that they had to lose their minds, there was no alternative. All it would take was a little time at their personally created hell and eventually they would fall apart. As time goes on they seem to shatter, be it the death of a loved one in front of them or the beating of them everyday. The story in whole being about how Wiesel was moved to a concentration camps and all the horrors inside them, and how they changed his views of life at the time. The very first example of this dehumanization from the get go would be how they were moved into the ghettos. Just that first act started the long chain of events leading to their doom. It made them caged, as an animal is. “The ghetto was ruled by neither German nor Jew; it was ruled by delusion” (Wiesel 12). They tricked themselves into thinking they were free. Which obviously was not the case. A sunny spring day, people strolled seemingly carefree through the crowded streets. They exchanged cheerful greetings. Children played games, rolling hazelnuts on the sidewalks” (Wiesel 12). They begun to feel “normal” and safe again, while they should have had more concerns. “The ghetto was to be liquidated entirely. Departures were to take place street by street, starting the next day” (Wiesel 13). Days later after they felt safe again, they would be taken to the camps, to be worked to death. They were dehumanized from that
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