Night by Ellie Wiesel Essay

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Experiencing the Holocaust changed many Jews. They emerged as different people, some even animal-like. When people were beginning to stress over the possibility of Hitler taking over, everyone was courteous of each other, but as everyone progressed they became more and more selfish. Throughout the book, Elie Wiesel, the main character and author, along with everyone else in the concentration camps, was reduced to selfish and animalistic choices because of what was experienced in the Holocaust. Suffering through the Holocaust changed the people experiencing it. When Elie had to tell his neighbor that they had to pack immediately to go work in a factory, Elie was extremely nervous to tell him. Everyone was confused and he had no idea how the neighbor would react, “My throat was dry and the words were paralyzing my lips. There was nothing else to say.” (15) If this had happened after Elie’s experience in the ghettos and camps, Elie probably would not have even hesitated in telling someone bad news. When Elie and his father arrived in Auschwitz, everyone was still concerned for one another. They were helping each other out. When Elie and his dad first got to the camp, they were told to choose to go to either the left or right side. Another prisoner told them, "Poor devils, you are heading for the crematorium" (32) They were somewhat concerned for the welfare of Elie and his father. Warning them what might happen to them confirmed that they were concerned with their safety. As Elie Wiesel and his father were in the concentration camp, slowly, people around them began to change. They started to only care for and fight for themselves, instead of showing concern for each other compared to earlier in the book when. After Elie and his dad were forced to strip, disinfect and change, his father had to use the bathroom, so he politely asked the Kapo where the

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