Night : The Transgressional Dehumanization Of The Soul Essay

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Night: The transgressional dehumanization of the soul

“In the concentration camps, we discovered this whole universe where everyone had his place. The killer came to kill, and the victims came to die” (Elie Wiesel). This alternate universe is nothing but one of destruction: the death of the soul. When one is constantly being beaten down, one no longer desires to live. In Elie Wiesel’s Night, the Jewish people lose their desire to live as a consequence of enduring extreme dehumanization at the hands of the Nazis. The Jews’ desire to live deteriorates through their loss of identity, inhumane treatment, and their loss of dignity. As strong as the Jews are, no one can tolerate the utterly painful dehumanization that was bestowed upon them by the Nazis.

Individual identity is paramount to a person’s well-being. Take that away then life is no longer worth living. Identity is constituted of each and every aspect of someone’s personal expression. Clothing is an important outlet for people to express themselves as an individual. In Night, individualism is brutally striped away from the Jews at Auschwitz. When Eliezer, Chlomo, and the other Jews first enter Auschwitz-Birkenau they “had to throw [their] clothes at one end of the barracks” (32) before being “dragged off to the barbers [where the SS] shaved off all the hair on [their] bodies” (33). Individualism is a basic human necessity that makes us who we are and should be treated as such. Because of this robotization, the…

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