The Importance Of Humanity In Night By Elie Wiesel

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In the novel Night, by Elie Wiesel, the holocaust survivor suggests that when humans are faced with protecting their own mortality, they abandon their morals and values. This can be seen in both the Jewish and German people. The German enforces are inhumanely cruel to protect their own jobs and safely by obeying government commands. The Jewish captives lost their morals as they fight to survive the concentration camps. Elie Wiesel encountered many obstacles that made many of his ideals changed drastically for Wiesel was his loss in humanity. Throughout the book he explains the many ways he doesn’t see people as people anymore. He also explains how all of his natural human rights were no more during the time it partook in the Holocaust. He had …show more content…
The Nazis become cruel to others and even go so far as to reject the humanity of other races, viewing the Jews more as objects or animals than humans. However, of the Germans began by helping the Jews and offering comfort. The first place we see a helpful German turn on the Jews occurs on page 74. One soldier had been trying to offer his prisoners comfort, assuring them that they will be kept safe. Once he realizes his bosses have other plans he quickly abandons his Jewish acquaintances (Wiesel, 74). Many of the soldiers know their actions are wrong, but they refuse to speak out. One critic describes it as the conflict between silence and the scream, expanding that in Wiesel 's novels, is in fact a battle between death and life regarding whether or not to speak up against the powers. The Germans may have known that the torture they were participating in was wrong, but they refused to say so for fear of repercussions from their own …show more content…
One way they dehumanized was by striping the Jews of their identity. This happened when they first arrived at the first camp and took away things that made up who they were such as giving them all the same haircuts, clothes, and tattooing a number on them. “I became A-7713. From then on, I had no other name.” (pg. 42). Eliezar lost his humanity becoming a number instead of his name. This devastated him as he was having a good day by sleeping in and getting a good lunch. As they called the Jews all must get a tattoo for row call. This shows the dehumanization of Eliezer because now he is referred to as a number in a line rather than himself. No one will ever know him by his name Eliezer but rather as a number for the next couple of years he spent in the concentration

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