Analysis Of The Book ' Night ' By Elie Wiesel Essay

1310 Words Nov 10th, 2015 6 Pages
In Night by Elie Wiesel, Wiesel encapsulates the horrors of persecution from his experiences in the Holocaust, and how such cruelty breeds men into beasts. As readers, we began to question: what differentiates us from animals? By examining the behaviors seen in the initial deportation of The Jews of Sighet, Wiesel’s witness to the killings over bread and Juliek’s last violin concerto, we are able to see how apathy and empathy defines us as ‘humans’.
‘Ignorance is bliss,’ and such is the case of the Sighet Jews. Their ignorance of their situation has caused their demise – blinded from the truth due to governmental propaganda and lack of information. They were “still smiling” (10), even when the Nazis occupy their village. Wiesel highlights the lie that humans are incapable of being savage, being beyond the barbaric idea of killing one another due to prejudice. This is the lie in which the Jews has chose to believe in; coming from a community grounded with religious teachings and high morals. The Nazis later proved themselves become ‘animals’, as the cruelty they enforce is beyond our human comprehension. The subhuman treatment of the Jews causes them act as if they were less than human; as we see when they were deported, they began to solely focus on self preservation instead of the well being of others, “… as though madness has infected all of us.” (26). Losing inhibition and reasoning, the young procreate in the cattle car, and others beat Mrs. Schächter out of annoyance.…

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