English 10 B
15 March 2015
Night Argumentative Essay
The horror and atrocities at Auschwitz have stripped millions of people from their humanity and have demonized them into beasts. This form of dehumanization occurs several times throughout the novel Night, by Elie Wiesel. There were unfortunate situations in which family, friends, and strangers would demolish each other for a miniscule quantity of bread. Another prime representation of the newly discovered brutality is when friends would betray each other to withstand another day in hell for an excess ration of whatever remains. By instinct, a person would attempt anything to persist on in the world, even if it means losing a grip on reality and taking a step closer to brutality. Elie Wiesel does in fact escape his ghastly fate by standing by his father’s side, and successfully resisting temptation.
Being in starvation mode for months on end is truly inhumane. For many, in all aspects of this book, hunger has made them barbarous and merciless. Elie recalls, “A piece [of bread] fell into our wagon. I decided that I would not move. Anyway, I knew that I would never have the strength to fight with a dozen savage men” (95). Hunger is very powerful. The subjective courage against life itself is what makes Elie more humane than ever. He stood back in pain, and watched those men obliterate each other, with no sign of discontinuance. Elie says, “[…] I noticed an old man dragging himself along on all fours. […] He held one hand to his heart. […] I understood he had a bit of bread under his shirt. […] A shadow threw itself upon him. […] When they withdrew, next to me were two corpses, side by side, the father and the son. I was fifteen years old” (96). This was a detrimental experience for him, and he somehow managed to keep himself at ease and by all means, remain civil.
Up until their arrival at Auschwitz, Elie and their father never really had a close bond. During his existence...