Examples Of Dehumanization In Night

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Vincent Johnson
Period 3
February 16, 2023

Rough Draft - Elie Wiesel’s Night: Dehumanization Explanatory Essay

The process of Dehumanization is one of the most cruel things ever. You have men,women and children as some type of tool bending to the will of one supreme ruler and throughout this you will just be the cattle that are there for their entertainment. Elie Wiesel at 12 years old had to go through his horrible experience with fellow Jews at the holocaust. They were slaughtered like animals for the simple things, forced to do unimaginable labor work and even had to watch as their loved ones around them fell before them. In his memoir Night, Elie Wiesel shows the dangers of inaction by exposing how the Nazis dehumanized the Jews through …show more content…

Elie Wiesel shows a way of dehumanization in his memoir Night from how their freedom was taken away from the Jewish people. When Elie and the Other Jews were first being taken away by Hiterler German army.“From that moment on, everything happened very quickly. The race toward death had begun. First edict: Jews were prohibited from leaving their residences for three days, under penalty of death.Moishe the Beadle came running to our house. "I warned you," he shouted. And left without waiting for a response. The same day, the Hungarian police burst into every Jewish home in town: a Jew was henceforth forbidden to own gold, jew-elry, or any valuables. Everything had to be handed over to the authorities, under penalty of death. My father went down to the cellar and buried our savings” (Wiesel 10-11). This is another form of the Jewish people being dehumanized because their freedom to go wherever they wanted was taken away. They had no free will to make choices of their own; they had to follow what they were told. And they couldn’t own anything valuable at all either so they had nothing to their name but their life and soon that was about to be …show more content…

The prisoners were told to go to the doctors but before then they had to undress. "In a few moments, selection will take place. You will have to undress completely. Then you will go, one by one, before the SS doctors. I hope you will all pass. But you must try to increase your chances. Before you go into the next room, try to move your limbs, give yourself some color. Don't walk slowly, run! Run as if you had the devil at your heels! Don't look at the SS. Run, straight in front of you!" ( Wiesel 71). They had their dignity constantly stripped away from them at this moment they were told to be naked for the doctor but not just that they dance around and run past the SS the way pass embarrassing. After a while when things got really hard the rest of the prisoners just let go of their human quilts in order to survive. “There was shoving and jostling as if this were the ultimate haven, the gateway to life. People trod over numbed bodies, trampled wounded faces. There were no cries, only a few moans. My father and I were thrown to the ground by this rolling tide. From beneath me came a desperate cry: "You're crushing m e … h a v e mercy!" The voice was familiar. "You're crushing m e … m e r c y , have mercy!" The same faint voice, the same cry I had heard somewhere

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