Dehumanization Theme in "Night" by Elie Wiesel

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Abree Agosto The Dehumanization in Night by Elie Wiesel On page 37, as Elie Wiesel describes what happened to him and his father upon arrival at Birkenau, Wiesel asserts: " within a few seconds, we had ceased to be men". In his book night there are many examples of the dehumanization of the Jews while they were in these concentration camps. In the book Wiesel uses a lot of similes and metaphors. The dehumanization of the Jews also served well for the guard because it gave them no reason to fight. When Wiesel arrives at the first camp (Birkenau) he states that “within a few seconds, we had ceased to be men”. The meaning of this quote was that all of their dignity and rights were taken, once they entered this camp. For example, during Elie's time at the concentration camp he was referred to as “A-7713”. This is one critical example of dehumanization. He did not have the right to even be called by his name! They stripped the men of their clothes, jewelery, shoes, names and they even went as far as to take the gold teeth out of their mouths. They were then either put to death or examined to assess their health and where they would be placed. Then they were later traded like cattle between komandos. This is another example of dehumanization. They were stripped of more rights when they were trafficked. If unhealthy, they were executed through gas chambers, crematoriums or personal execution. Not even given a second thought before death, as if it were the execution of an animal. Wiesel uses a lot of different similes and metaphors to portray how he is feeling and the dehumanization of the inmates at the camp. There are many things that also represent symbolism. Like the time of day. Night means death and loss of faith and it comes up a lot in the book. For example, when the small child was sent to the gallows and died a slow painful death. Elie felt pain for
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