How does dehumanization change Elie Wiesel's outlook of the world in Night?
Elie Wiesel witnessed the most ghastly horrors in human history, and survived to write about them. That is no small feat. As the reader absorbs Wiesel's thoughts and memories, however, in his memoir Night , one is quickly introduced into precisely the kind of environment in which one's perceptions of humanity can be permanently transformed from one of brotherhood to one of vengeful hate. What Wiesel observed, and experienced, had an indelible impact on this perceptive young man, and wrought within him feelings that would take many years to resolve. Early in his and his father's time in one of the numerous concentration camps maintained by the Germans for the sole purpose of exterminating Jews and others deemed unworthy, while working to death those deemed fit to serve the interests of the Third Reich, young Elie finally reached a breaking point upon listening to his fellow Jews praying to God while hoping for the rescue by the outside world. In the following passage, Wiesel describes his...
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