1. Define dehumanization: the process of depriving a person or group of positive human qualities.
2. In the beginning of the story, the Jewish people were unknowing of what would happen next, but they had faith that whatever was to come, they would still be okay. Deeper in the book, they start to understand and accept their fate, and the fact that there would really be no one to save them from the camps. I think for some people too, death sounded easier than the conditions they were going through, so they weren’t really scared to move on to the next life.
3. Eliezer also changed, because knowing that thousands of people were dying everyday was the usual, and it didn’t affect him as much overtime. It was kind of just something where after a while, he knew wasn’t going to stop and there wasn’t anything people could really do about it either.
1. "I became A-7713. From then on, I had no other name." (pg. 42)
Having this code instead of a name is kind of like the beginning of all of the prisoners' dehumanization. They aren't being treated as people from the start, and the conditions of the camps add on to this.
2. "I watched other hangings. I never saw a single victim weep. These withered bodies had long forgotten the bitter taste of tears." (pg. 63)
Not many people cried when their time was coming up, because they were so use to being beat, to eating only the bare minimum, going through selections and working all the time... I think that in their head, to them there were things that were worse than dying and people die so often that it wasn't something to keep crying about anymore.
3. "I could hear my heart beating. The thousands who had died daily at Auschwitz and at Birkenau in the crematory ovens no longer troubled me. " (pg. 59)
The Eliezer in the beginning of the book, it would have been really difficult for him to know what's happening and kind of come to terms with it, but these things have been happening around Eliezer for a while so he's getting use to it.