Loss Of Humanity In Night By Elie Wiesel

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The Novel ‘Night’ by Elie Wiesel is about Elie and his experiences during the Holocaust. In this novel, Elie struggles to maintain his humanity. Some things that show his loss of humanity include the relationship between him and his god, the train ride to Auschwitz, and the killing for bread. In the Novel, Elie’s relationship between him and his God changes. In the beginning his faith in God is absolute, he grew up thinking God is everywhere, all the time. He also grows up with the idea that God is good and since God is good, and God is everywhere, the world must therefore be good. Elie’s faith in the goodness of the world is shaken by the cruelty …show more content…

The train ride is two days, it’s very crowded and people would take turns sitting down, it’s very hot, and the lack of food and water made it even worse. When they arrive at Kaschau, a German officer notifies them that they are now under the control of the German army and he confiscates all of their valuables and warns them that if anyone goes missing that they would all be shot. Mrs.Schachter, a woman that had been a frequent guest in his house, was also on the train. Every night she would scream and cry and say that she see’s a fire but nobody else saw it. Eventually people had gotten annoyed with her screaming about the fire so they bound and gagged her. After they reached Auschwitz, the young worked in the factories and the old and the sick worked in the fields. Later that night the train pulled into Birkenau. They then saw the flames and the air smelled of burning flesh. A quote to support the humanity loss in this scene is “The heat, the thirst, the stench, the lack of air, were suffocating us. Yet all that was nothing compared to her screams, which tore us apart” (Wiesel, pg

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