Elie Wiesel 's Night : The Terrible Horror Of The Holocaust Essay

1410 Words Apr 24th, 2015 6 Pages
In just over one hundred pages of sparse and fragmented description, Elie Wiesel’s Night conveys the unimaginable horror of the Holocaust while putting on display the loss of humanity that he was forced to bear witness to in Auschwitz concentration camp during the Second World War. Not only is Elie forced to watch the degradation of basic moral values and characteristics of his fellow man, but he is also left to question the morality of his own God. Even more horrifying, Elie is subjected to situations in which his own values falter when presented with certain situations. This especially occurs in those situations that endangered his own ability of self-preservation, despite his resistance to the stripping of his basic human values. [However, the deprivation of humanity was not total in this atrocity as inhuman acts contrasted with acts of morality, if only those of basic human dignity.] [(A major factor) pertaining to both the loss of humanity that Elie is exposed to as well as how he attempts to maintain it is the rapid decay and existence of familial bonds respectively (especially that of the father and son) experienced in the horrific conditions of Auschwitz and Buchenwald.] When in the sorting lines of Auschwitz, “[Elie’s] hand tightened its grip on [his] father. All [Elie] could think of was not to lose him.” Despite the threat of death that saturates this scene, humane behavior persists between Elie and his father and the familial bond is as strong, if not stronger,…

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