The Book Night By Elie Wiesel Essay

1512 Words Nov 19th, 2015 7 Pages
In the world today everyone believes in treating each other as equal as possible, but the

memoir Night by Elie Wiesel portrays a time where this was not the case. The true power of

dehumanization is displayed throughout the book. The story follows Elie’s journey as a Jew

during the Holocaust, from his hometown of Sighet, Transylvania up to his liberation from a

concentration camp in Buchenwald, Germany. Although Elie faced some of the worst the world

has to offer; starvation, loneliness, and losing his family, perhaps what had the strongest impact

on his life was the dehumanization he endured from the Germans. Contrary to many beliefs of

dehumanization only having a minor impact on an individual, Elie Wiesel demonstrates the truth

about dehumanization and how it has immense effects on one’s identity, outlook, attitude, and

how it even has the power to reduce a person to nothing.

Not only did the dehumanization expelled on the Jews destroy their personal sense of

identity and their outlook, but it also turned them against each other. Throughout the Holocaust,

the prisoners faced immense starvation, thirst, and lack of medical treatment. The insufficiency

of human essentials forced a majority of the Jews into a state of complete desperation.

IN THE WAGON where the bread had landed, a battle had ensued. Men were hurling

themselves against each other trampling, tearing, at and mauling each other. Beasts

vitality possessed them, sharpening their…

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