The Loss Of Dehumanization In Night By Elie Wiesel

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“Human suffering anywhere concerns men and women everywhere.” The Holocaust, led by Hitler, targeted the Jews, LGBTQ individuals, physically and mentally disabled people and members of political opposition groups. Elie Wiesel in his novel, Night, focuses on his experience as well as the expense of fellow Jews during their time in the concentration camps. Wiesel, in his novel, shows the deshumanization during the Holocaust by portraying the loss of basic human rights, the loss of their individuality, and the loss of familial connections for the Jews and prisoners of the concentration camps. The loss of basic human rights was the first portrayal of dehumization in the novel, Night. In the novel, some key points emphasised on the loss of …show more content…

What is meant by individuality is the character of a person that distinguishes them from others or what makes a person unique. In the novel three ways the loss of individuality is shown are that their identity as a person were taken away, the loss made them see the world differently and also under the conditions they were under , the prisoners became more solitary. When transferring into the first concentration camp, the prisoners were stripped of their clothes and were forced to leave all of their personal belongings behind, everything that made them unique physically was gone. Over time the hardships they had to face, obstacles they had to overcome , started to deteriorate, what made them unique on the inside metaphorically. “ One day I was able to get up, after gathering all my strength. I wanted to see myself in the mirror hanging on the opposite wall. I had not seen myself in the mirror since the ghetto. From the depths of the mirror, a corpse gazed back at me.”(pg. 109) . This quote can be interpreted in two ways, first the more literal approach, Eliezer is looking at himself and sees himself malnutritioned and weak. Second, Eliezer sees himself weak because of all that he has gone through, the Ghetto, the concentration camps, the enslavement, the hardship, the loss of his father and more. Losing their individuality made the prisoners see the world differently, even their beliefs started to take a different approach. The prisoners no longer saw God as a saviour , God to them no longer helped them or as they saw it, they didn't matter to God anymore. “ For the first time , I felt a revolt rise up in me. Why should I bless His name? The Eternal, Lord of the Universe, the All-Powerful and Terrible, was silent. What had I to thank him for ?”. (pg. 31). Finally, the prisoners became more solitary, they started to drift away from caring for others to

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