Night, by Elie Wiesel, is a representation of real occurrences throughout the holocaust. Said by Elie himself, the book was not created for sympathy or empathy in any way, but was to prevent the suffering of himself, as well as millions of other Jews, from repeating itself in history. Experiencing years of torture leaves obvious physical damage, but also chips away at the physiological standpoint of a human being. Elie’s way of portraying the unnatural events he experienced over the course of this despicable timeframe was through the use of dehumanization. Constantly appearing along the pages of the novel, dehumanization was expressed in three ways: verbally, physically, and visually. Using these three methods of dehumanization, Elie Wiesel has made it apparent that “rehumanization” is not possible. “There are eighty of you in this wagon, if anyone is missing, you will be shot, like dogs...” (Wiesel, pg 24). This was stated by a German officer as Elie and his community were being transported to the concentration camps. To be referred to as a dog is humiliating and mentally restraining. Not only that, but the inability to retaliate or express your opinion would degrade the human mind. As Elie reached his first camp, he was immediately separated from his family. “Men to the left! Women to the right!” (Wiesel, pg 29). Here the Germans view the Jews
as if they were a herd of animals, commanding the innocent people to separate from their most beloved friends and family. Grasping the concept of losing your community, even those who you dislike and avoid, is heartbreaking. The majority of people create their perspective of life due to those who he/she was surrounded by; this understanding that people have adapted for their own kind has led to their emotion to their community. With just a few words commanding to seperate, ...
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