Dehumanization In Elie Wiesel's Night

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"Unless one lives and loves in the trenches, it is difficult to remember that the war against dehumanization is ceaseless"(Audre Lorde). Focusing on the voice of the dead who can't tell their story. I finished reading a book called, "Night" this book is about the holocaust. A man, a survivor, a hero: Elie Wiesel told this story. I am going to explain how dehumanization in Night is shown through Elie's identity as well as the author's purpose.

Elie has experienced dehumanization that was explained in the novel. Consequently, being exposed to gruesome events, becoming immune to this horror. "Yes, I did see this with my own eyes... children thrown into flames"(Weisel 32). Would you want to see what he's seen, live in his shoes, suffered how he suffered? He was accompanied by his father, experiencing dehumanization as well. The two had to lie their way to survive, making it past numerous guards lying to them about their age. "Not fifty you're forty. Do you hear that? Eighteen and forty"(Wiesel 30).
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For the author's purpose, one reason was to inform. Giving you the knowledge of a tragic event that occurred in history. "Who would allow such crimes to be committed? How the world remains silent" (Wiesel 118). Having your family together with friends becoming more knowledgeable. As well as preventing it from happening moreover. Speaking out so history does not repeat itself. "Something must be done. The refuges and their misery"(Wiesel 119). There should be closure brought to the victim's grave, dead or alive. For explaining to people that this is the truth! Additionally, meaning you came from a gruesome event you will never have the true feeling of freedom. "As long as one dissident is in prison, our freedom will not be true"(Wiesel 120). Having the feeling of freedom, true freedom is something Elie never