The Theme Of Dehumanization In Night By Elie Wiesel

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Dehumanization Elie Wiesel published the memoir “Night”, in 2006, which extrapolated on his terrifying experiences in the Nazi extermination camps during the World War ll. Elie, a sixteen-year-old Jewish boy, is projected as a dynamic character who experiences overpowering conflicts in his emotions. One of his greatest struggles is the sense of helplessness that he feels when all his beliefs and rights as a human are reduced to silence. During the time spent in the concentration camp, Elie is engulfed by an uninterrupted roar of pain and despair. However, what remains uninterrupted is the sheer torture and dehumanization of Elie’s nation, the Jews. Throughout this horrific experience, Elie’s soul perishes repeatedly as he faces constant psychological abuse, inhuman living conditions, and brutal negation of his humanity. During the beginning of this memoir, Elie describes the extent of psychological abuse he is subject to, plunging the reader into a theme of darkness. The brazen cruelty displayed by individuals and Nazi soldiers, is beyond all realms of rationality. Through strategic verbal abuses, Nazi soldiers slowly deprive the Jews of their stimulus and ability to react. The author reveals that “Our senses were numbed, everything was fading into a fog…The instincts of self-preservation, of self-defense, of pride, had all deserted us” (Wiesel 36). This daily psychological pressure is intended to extinguish any trace of humanity in Jews. The Nazi soldiers know that if
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