The Importance Of Hunger In Night By Elie Wiesel

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Hunger can cause the human body to make false conclusions that it would never feel on a full stomach. In Night, Elie Wiesel proves this point numerous times. Elie, as well as other characters, lost sight of their ethics due to human nature’s need for food. During the Holocaust, the prisoners in the concentration camps risked their lives for an extra crust of bread or ration of soup. The captives in the Holocaust acclimated to their surroundings and did anything they could for food. A battle to death was almost customary for extra food. The need for energy can cause a human to make ignorant decisions, thus allowing for a loss of their personal values. Scientifically, it has been proven that one should not make long-term decisions while hungry. Students at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden studied whether or not it is smart to make a decision when you are ravenous. A hormone that is made in the gastrointestinal tract, called ghrelin enhanced this study. Ghrelin is released when your body is searching for food as energy. When you are no longer hungry, the manufacturing of ghrelin halts. Ghrelin is also associated with drug and alcohol intake. Tests were developed to demonstrate how this happens through living organisms, the researchers at the University of Gothenburg examined rats. Although rats are not humans, they can display human-like behaviors. When an extra amount of ghrelin was inserted into the rat, they went against their regular impulses. They would gain a
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