The Book Night By Elie Wiesel Essay

1053 Words Feb 26th, 2016 5 Pages
In the book Night, Elie Wiesel describes his life in the concentrations camps of the Holocaust, and his experiences that pushed him into dehumanization. Dehumanization is what the soldiers in the camps tried to do to the prisoners. Make them feel like animals, like they were below even the lowliest of human beings. Leaving them so that their only care in the world is not their family, nor their friends, but their life, and their life alone.
Elie begins to show dehumanization in the fourth chapter of Night. He had been taken to a concentration camp in Poland, called Auschwitz. He was with his father in a stone barrack, and his father asked the inmate in charge, a Gypsy, where the toilets were located. After a giving a long stare, the Gypsy forcefully slapped Elie’s father, causing him to fall down and crawl back to Elie. Elie stood in place unmoving, shocked. He was stunned by the suddenness of the slap, and also his lack of any reaction. “Only yesterday I would have dug my nails into this criminal’s flesh.”, Elie states. “Have I changed that much?” (Wiesel 39). Quickly, his remorse sets in, and all he can think is how he “shall never forgive (the soldiers) for this.” This seems to be his first step into dehumanization, having no reaction to seeing his father get slapped in front of him. The next day, the prisoners are given their numbers, and Elie becomes A-7713. No more name, just a number.
What contributed to his dehumanization was the lack of food. In chapter five,…

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