What are 6 themes of hatred in Night by Elie Wiesel?

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Throughout Night, Wiesel addresses the thematic idea of hatred and its effects on human beings.

Besides the obvious hatred displayed by the guards and high-level figures within the camps, Wiesel often exposes the hatred that festered among the prisoners themselves. For instance, he mentions the times various prisoners beat...

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Throughout Night, Wiesel addresses the thematic idea of hatred and its effects on human beings.

Besides the obvious hatred displayed by the guards and high-level figures within the camps, Wiesel often exposes the hatred that festered among the prisoners themselves. For instance, he mentions the times various prisoners beat or blackmail him for extra rations of food, which displays a general cruelty toward those in the same situation. Wiesel’s point is that dehumanizing conditions can create hatred and mistrust.

Further, Wiesel discusses hating his father’s weakness and resenting him for slowing him down, particularly when they are forced to evacuate the camps by the SS. Wiesel recalls feeling disgust, even thinking how much easier it would be for him if his father died. While Wiesel still takes care of his father, he feels ashamed that his father is weaker than he.

There is also an element of self-hatred in the text. Wiesel recalls how he ignored his father’s cries as he died in the cot near him with shame. When he looks in the mirror and sees his reflection for the first time since leaving Sikhet, he is alienated and disgusted. Wiesel can’t help but hate himself for allowing himself to be put through the horror he endured.

Another way in which hatred is addressed is toward God. Formerly a devout believer who studied Kabbalah for enjoyment, Wiesel comes to renounce his faith over the course of the text. He blames God for allowing his followers to suffer so profoundly.

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Like much in Wiesel's work, there is nothing simple and direct.  Everything converges within one another and diverges from it.  This brings to light that your search for "six themes" might have to be seen in different lights.  One profound theme present is the astonishing level of cruelty that human beings can display to one another.  Eliezer's entrance into Auschwitz is something that can testify to this.  The unbelievable sights of children and bodies being burned is something that represents how horror can be accepted and sanctioned by a governing institution.  Along these lines, I think that Wiesel does a wonderful job of being able to show that the real terror involves the dehumanizing effects that hatred has on all individuals.  The opening scenes of rejecting Moshe the Beadle's warnings and the silencing of Madame Schachter in the most cruel of ways represents Wiesel's belief that hatred's worst impact is how its victims regard one another.  In this light, there is not an emphasis on solidarity, but rather how human beings, tired of being the victims of hatred, seek to do to the same to one another, continuing a cycle of disdain for human beings.  Another element of hatred that is present is how the true horror of the Holocaust was the denial of hope.  When the little boy is hung and "God is there- in the gallows," it is a moment when the reader fully grasps the impact of the Holocaust in the hatred of the divine for compelling individuals to endure such a predicament.  In the end, these explorations of "hatred" occupies central importance in Wiesel's work.

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