This clearly caused numbness for Elie because he speaks of a “great void” in the depths of his heart (Wiesel 76).Elie’s faith had been a huge part of his personality.
“Everyone lives and dies for himself alone,” he says, and unfortunately Elie comes to believe him after fighting it for so long (Wiesel ).
Selfishness is a heartbreaking outcome of the numbness that follows dehumanization.
Finally, Elie loses his will to live, deciding that suffering is no longer worth it.
Dehumanization occurs countless times during this memoir, and affects each of its victims differently.
Wiesel writes “Death wrapped itself around me till I was stifled. Elie Wiesel became a completely numb person because of all of the dehumanizing experiences he endured during the Holocaust.
He strayed away from God, his father, and ultimately, himself.To deprive of human qualities or attributes; divest of individuality.This definition scarcely scratches the surface of the horrifically inhumane conditions the Jewish people were placed under by the Nazis during the Holocaust.Gradually, Elie stops thinking of the Lord as his Rock, questioning how He could allow such injustice to occur to His “Chosen People” (Wiesel 74).Eventually, Elie decides that he is actually stronger than God because he is incapable of making his problems simply go away (Wiesel 75).Losing his relationship with God was the beginning of a total loss of his original identity.Suffering from dehumanization robs Elie of his compassion, and he becomes a rather selfish boy.Near the end of his journey however, Elie ceases to bat an eye at the death occurring all around him (Wiesel 109). Not to feel anything, neither weariness, nor cold, nor anything.In fact during the long march towards the final camp, he begins to wish it upon himself. The idea of dying, of no longer being, began to fascinate me. To break the ranks, to let oneself slide to the edge of the road. All of the suffering he had undergone took from Elie the drive that had kept him going for so long in the first place, his yearning to survive.Detachment due to dehumanization causes Elie to stop believing in God and His power.Before his family is deported, Elie is a very devout believer who reads Jewish texts on a daily basis and aspires to study the religion’s mysticisms for a living (Wiesel 14).