Night: Dehumanization “He was so terrible that he was no longer terrible. Only dehumanized” (F. Scott Fitzgerald). Jews were treated so badly that they began to act terribly but eventually they reached the point beyond repair and it was all due to dehumanization. The Holocaust took place in WW2, it was a horrific event that killed millions of Jews. Many Jews were taken from their homes and were killed, or were treated less than animals until death of starvation or exhaustion.
One of these literary devices is symbolism which help show the declining of his faith. He described his loss of faith by stating that, “behind me, I hear the same man asking: For God’s sake, where is God? And from within me, I hear a voice answer: Where he is? This is where hanging here from this gallows (pg 65)’’. Wiesel lost his faith when he saw the SS police hang the innocent children like animals making them suffer for a couple of minutes and making the Jewish people watch them suffer to death from pain and anguish.Which played a negative role on Wiesel’s life and the others who
In addition to everything else in his life, the deaths of his other siblings make it hard for him. What makes Smith an unsympathetic character is that he has killed before the Clutter just for spite. Smith also can seem to think for himself, it seems as though Hickock has to do most of the thinking because he himself is
(32). The symbol Night is really important to the story's theme because it signifies the death of childhood, faith, innocence and millions of people. The environment that Weisel had around him caused him to lose his innocence, he had to see things that he never thought were even humanly possible and that made him question why God wouldn't do something to stop the horrible things that were happening to them. “Night” then became a world without God, and without something to believe in, the hope of their survival wasn't
How would you feel if your loved one’s went outside the house and never came back? There are many innocent people in the world that disappear and never came back. We all have an unknown fear of losing someone we love. But some people do not share the same perspective, these people are the sociopaths, psychopaths and have other mental disorders which changes their ways of interpreting things. One of the tortured soul who killed innocent people was Edmund Kemper.
Lieutenant Cross not only felt terrible for loving Martha more than his men. The tragedy of Ted’s death has become “something he would have to carry like a stone in his stomach for the rest of the war” (O’Brien 107). Lieutenant Cross blame himself for being distracted and not being focused on the mission he burned Martha’s letters that also included two of her photograph’s (O’Brien 110). He finally realized that the relationship between him and Martha was fictional it was only lust. Lieutenant Cross learns he have to take responsibility as the team
Jews that lived during the Holocaust were robbed and deprived of their God given rights and humanity.. They slowly lost hope, faith, family, and the reason you keep living. Elie Wiesel realizes he has to let go of his family to survive when the doctor says, “In this place there is no such thing as father, brother, friend”(110). This is dehumanizing because people are born needing a family to depend on and once they lose something as simple as that, they fall into a pit of negative emotions. Thousands of people lost their family members during the holocaust and the Germans had absolutely so sympathy towards them.
George Orwell says, “but till that moment I had never realized what it means to destroy a healthy, conscious man. When I saw the prisoner step aside to avoid the puddle, I saw the mystery, the unspeakable wrongness, of cutting a life short when it is in full tide.” It is obvious that the tone he is trying to set here is anger because he is beginning to get upset about taking a perfectly healthy man’s life away. Furthermore, Orwell continues to express his tone when the prisoner begins to cry for his god just as he is about to get hanged. The superintendent takes a long time to give the order to hang the prisoner. Orwell states, “the same thought was in all our minds: oh, kill him quickly, get it over, stop that abominable noise!” Orwell is showing that he is beginning to pity the prisoner again giving a sorrowful tone and
In the novel, Night, Elie, his father, and his fellow Jews lost their innocence through dehumanization, loss of faith, and experience of death and violence. Throughout the tragic times of the Holocaust, in an attempt to excuse their actions, the Nazis dehumanized the Jews. This was a crucial factor in the Jews losing their innocence in Auschwitz. In Night the Nazis treated Elie, his father and his fellow Jews more as ‘things’ than people. The Jews were worked to death, and killed as if
For others, living another day is a good thing, but there are people out there who sees this as a curse, a reason to mourn, and honestly who can blame them? With the cruelty of this world and the impeccable pressure of life, I will not be surprised if we all just kill ourselves, but we should not, because killing ourselves does not solve anything, in fact it can make things worse. We were all brought up with the notion that the act of suicide is wrong, yet there are still thousands who kill themselves every year, ending their lives forever. I am here to tell you that this has to stop and here are the reasons why. First, suicide defeats the purpose of life.
These men were scared, untrained, and no longer hopeful for the future. They didn’t know what to expect from fighting in the war, other than death. As said by Tim O’Brien, “[I felt] sorry for myself, thinking about the war and the pig factory and how my life seemed to be collapsing toward slaughter. I felt paralyzed” (41). Most of these men were trapped in a war they had not intention in fighting in, one that could alter their future.
These two aspects that were so important to him prior to World War Two were eradicated from his personality. The loss of his baby sister and the execution of the child made him severely question his faith in God. The death of his father caused his loss of faith in the human race. The evils Wiesel was forced to experience were horrendous and terrifying. The holocaust is not an event humanity can ever forget, for all the pain it has
One saying that has been passed down from generation to generation is that war is always unjust and cruel. The story, My Brother Sam is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier, shows how one family was dragged into the war and split apart by it. The Meeker family experienced the unfairness of war by losing friends and family and their business suffering. War is unfair for a number of reasons. One of them is how it drags people into it.
An indefinite number of men became numb to the deaths of their comrades, and yet secretly desired to die and bring a conclusion to their misery. Over all, this story allows us to observe changes within the mentalities of army officers. First, the trauma of living in a war zone can add a significant amount of intangible weight into someone’s life. In “The Things They Carried,” we discover that Cross’s men “carried all the emotional baggage of men who might die (443).” Given that the majority of humans have experienced some form of trauma, we can understand how some men were driven to suicide and others into
Creon is Shocked with the deaths of his wife and son and says, “Oh no, another, a second loss to break of heart. What next, what fate still waits for me? I just held my son in my arms and now, look, a new corpse rising before my eyes- wretched, helpless mother-O my son.” (Sophocles 1420-25). Creon begins to see how his pride lead him to this and sees how it could affect even more and starts to wonder what else his actions will do to him. The decision to punish Antigone he sees was not worth the death of his family.