Night, By Elie Wiesel Essay

757 Words Jun 10th, 2016 4 Pages
During the Holocaust up to six million Jews were killed. And the similar theme, at the very least, that of death, is portrayed in the book Night, by Elie Wiesel. In this first hand account of the Holocaust Wiesel is a Jewish fifteen-year old who is sent to the most infamous Polish concentration camp: Auschwitz. What may not be understood by most about the Holocaust is that it was caused the mass proliferation of fanaticism in Germany. In light of this, the themes of Night are painting a warning against fanaticism by explaining what can truly happen when this sentiment becomes pervasive. Night is warning against the evils of this mentality by including the themes of dehumanization and death. To reiterate, the book becomes a warning because it contains these recurring ideas, and it shows the consequences of fanaticism.
Night contains multiple depictions of dehumanization, thereby forewarning the reader.
First, on page 42 Wiesel states, “I became A-7713. From then on I had no other name.” Because the inmates were referred to as simply numbers they were stripped of their humanity. This is because in human culture our names are something we hold dear to ourselves, and they, in a way, define us. Due to this connection to one’s name, when it is stolen from someone the outcome can be emotionally detrimental. This is what happened during Night and the Holocaust, and because it was a large part of the book it is warning against fanaticism. Secondly, the inmates were habitually…

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