In Night by Elie Wiesel, why does Elie say, "I found the soup excellent that evening," after the first hanging?

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In chapter four of the novel, Elie witnesses a young man from the Warsaw camp publicly hanged for stealing during an air raid. Before the prisoner is hanged, he yells, "Long live liberty! My curse on Germany! My curse! My—" (Wiesel, 62). After the public hanging, Elie and the prisoners are given permission to return to their blocks and eat their meals. Strangely, Elie recalls his soup tasting excellent that night. One reason that explains Elie's positive perspective is that he has experienced so much trauma since arriving at Auschwitz that he has become numb to horrific violence. Witnessing a young man being publicly hanged seems relatively humane compared to the other atrocities Elie has witnessed and experienced. The fact that the young prisoner died with dignity and honor by protesting the Nazi regime also has a positive impact on Elie's perception of the ordeal. Later in the chapter, the young man's execution is juxtaposed with the horrific and traumatic hanging of a young pipel.

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In Elie Wiesel's book Night, he says, "I found the soup excellent," after he witnesses the Nazis hang a prisoner. He says this to show us how numb he has become to death and suffering. By this point in the book, Elie has witnessed so much horror that it has become normal for him.

He saw babies burned in a fire pit. He watched his father beaten by guards. He saw men shot for no reason, women and children sent to the gas chambers, and more. He has become immune to all of it. All he cares about now is his next bowl of soup or his next piece of bread. When one witnesses such terrible acts day after day, one begins to lose his/her own humanity, and this is where Elie was when he said those words. 

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