Inhumanity In Night By Elie Wiesel

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Elie Wiesel’s true story Night, is an intriguing story about the Holocaust. The guards and even veteran prisoners are cruel to others. The punishments, even for tiny faults, are unthinkably horrid. Man does not care how old or weak someone is; this makes the children and teens change and act inhumane towards other prisoners, even towards their own family. It clearly, and painfully, explains man’s inhumanity to man. During the Holocaust, it was obvious to say the people involved were cruel to each other; they hit, beat, and torture each other without a blink of an eye. Many times Wiesel mentioned the cruelty that went on around him and to him himself. Wiesel said when he was at one of his first camps, the veteran prisoners treated him and all…show more content…
They were treated equally, but not in the way someone wants equality. In the very beginning of the book Wiesel said, “Infants were tossed into the air and used as targets for the machine guns” (Wiesel 6). How can the soldiers have the stomach to shoot machine guns and infants? Was it forced or did they not mind? One of the many reasons the Holocaust is haunting to everyone. The Holocaust seemed like it was ran by heartless soldiers who had no feelings or emotions or guilt whatsoever. In the middle of the book, Wiesel talked about this young boy, also known as a pipel, who was hung in front of everyone because he was accused of messing with the power. (Wiesel 55) At first the boy did not die instantly, he hung, struggling for over a half an hour, and the soldiers just watched. There was not an ounce of remorse in their bodies, they can have at least put in out of his misery, but instead they watched him like they watch the news. This boy can not have been more than 13 years old, accompanying him were two grown adults who were also accused of messing with the power. As said before, there was equality, but not the way one thinks. Having the children in the camp watch the cruelty can change their view on everything; they can become totally different. “I once saw one of them (pipel), a boy a thirteen, beat his father for not making his bed properly. As the old man…show more content…
It discovered man’s inhumanity to man. The guards and prisoners were cruel to others, especially the new prisoners. The punishments were unreasonably harsh, even to tiny faults. Finally, men do not care how old, weak or strong someone is, resulting in the children picking up mean and harsh habits towards
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