Theme Of Dehumanization In Night

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Throughout Night, dehumanization consistently took place as the tyrant Nazis oppressed the Jewish citizens. The Nazis targeted the Jews' humanity, and slowly dissolved their feeling of being human. This loss of humanity led to a weakened will in the Holocaust victims, and essentially led to death in many. The Nazis had an abundance of practices to dehumanize the Jews including beatings, starvation, theft of possessions, separation of families, crude murders, forced labor, and much more. There is no greater loss than that of humanity, so one can never truly relate to the horrors of dehumanization the Jews faced. In the list below, I will compile various examples that correlate to this theme of dehumanization.
The Nazis most definitely
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In this lesson, we will learn more about dehumanization.
When Elie Wiesel, author of Night was just 15 years old, he and his family were taken by cattle car to a concentration camp in Auschwitz. From there, he endured ten months of torture and dehumanization in three different work camps before being liberated. In this lesson, we will learn more about the dehumanization experienced in Night.
What is dehumanization? Dehumanization is the process of stripping a person of every quality that makes him human, including his identity, individuality, and soul.
When Eliezer arrived at the concentration camp, he became a number. 'I became A-7713. From then on, I had no other name.' Not only did Eliezer lose his name, he lost his family. He was allowed to stay with his father in a slave labor camp because he lied about his age. The rest of his family was separated. After his release, he learns that his mother and youngest sister were taken to the gas chamber to be executed, but his two other sisters
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Once Franek noticed Elie’s gold grown he transformed into a crueler character. Since Elie didn’t give Franek his trooth, Franek beat his Elie’s dad until he succumbed to Franek’s request. This shows the dehumanization of Franek because once something is of value a person will do anything to get that item. Franek has Elie’s tooth out by a rusty spoon which shows that even Franek, who was sympathetic to the Jews, is now harshly punishing one of his own.
Another example is when Elie is talking about Akiba Drumer and says “It was impossible to raise his morale” (Wiesel 72). This shows how harsh the Germans were. They dehumanized people so much that Jews would just give up on life. Once Akiba was chosen in selection and people tried to cheer him up it wouldn’t help. No matter how much people tried Akiba was just a lost soul in a world of death and
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