Theme Of Dehumanization In The Book Night

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The “Holocaust;” although there is much difference in opinion, is the term as we know it that refers to Nazi Germany’s systematic genocide of the Jewish religion. Genocide, also referred to as ethnic cleaning of various ethnic, religious, and national groups during World War II, was an unaccomplished goal of the Nazi’s. As crazy as it may seem that one word is considered by some people the main reason that started the Second World War in 1941 and continued through 1945. The word Holocaust itself originally derived from the Greek word “Holokauston” meaning: “a complacently (Holos) burnt (Kauston) sacrificial offering”, or a “Burnt sacrifice offered to God.” Holocaust was intended intentionally to plan attempts on specific target groups based…show more content…
The theme of “Dehumanization” by the Nazis to the Jews was expressed in Elie Wiesel’s novel Night. Elie Wiesel elaborated on the methods in which the Nazis demoralized the Jews and the devastating results their actions have produced. As an author he successfully used figurative language to create his accounts of the experience in the concentration camps during the Holocaust. Mr. Wiesel clearly expressed the Nazi’s dehumanization of the Jews with brutal actions and absolute vigor. These brutal actions led Elie and many of the other Jewish people to undergo drastic changes. The theme of dehumanization is strongly demonstrated throughout the novel Night. With no remorse at all the Nazis employed numerous techniques of dehumanizing their captives. The Jews were forced to endure treacherous conditions. Then even while they were weak, Elie states: “Lying down was out of the question…after two days of traveling, we began to be tortured by thirst.” (Wiesel 21). In this situation, the Jews were conveyed in cattle cars to a concentration camp. Purposely withholding a proper mean of transportation, the Nazis place the Jews on the same level as animals and therefore undermine…show more content…
How they were psychologically transformed from ordinary men into the people, who participated actively in the worst crime against humanity known to date. Even if theses pressures are powerful, it doesn't account for the actions of all the Germans, in every aspect of the war. The Jews were slaughtered because they had different beliefs. Although there we have differences in opinion on certain topics, Browning does an incredible job at depicting the atmosphere at that time. Elie Wiesel on the other hand incorporated various literary techniques to convey the message of Nazi’s brutality towards their Jewish prisoners. He referred to the haggard Jews as “wild beasts of prey, with animal hatred in their eyes…” (Wiesel 95). The Jews were reduced to behave like beasts due to lack of food and water. The Nazis purposely failed to provide the Jews with sufficient supplies. Withered and disgruntled, the Jews seek to fulfill the needs that had been deprived from them. The theme of dehumanization is a powerful theme that can be rendered in extensive detail. The dehumanization of the Jewish people was repeatedly described through details of the Nazis’ actions toward them. The gradual transformation of Elie and the figurative language exercised by the author helped share the theme
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