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Alienation And Dehumanization Essay

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While The authors of Night, The Metamorphosis, Maus, and Fragments of Isabella use symbols to reflect alienation and dehumanization.
In the book Night, Wiesel shares his experiences with his father in concentration camps during World War II. The story shows dehumanization in a great number of ways. For example, a German officer told the Jews, “‘There are eighty of you in this wagon,’ added the German officer. ‘If anyone is missing, you’ll all be shot, like dogs….’” (Wiesel 22). In the wagons, the Jews were forced to sit with no space to move. The quote also shows that German officers had no respect for Jews. The phrase "you'll all be shot, like dogs" compares them to animals, showing them ...view middle of the document...

Gregor's transformation from a human being is enough to tell the viewer how he will eventually be treated.
Further into the story Greger began to feel like a burden, "... Gregor's sole desire was to do his utmost to help the family to forget as soon as possible the catastrophe that had overwhelmed the business ..." (Kafka, Part 2). The cause of this was Gregor overheard his father explaining the family's financial situation to Grete and the mother. It is explained that the father's business was failing. This leaves Gregor feeling responsible for the wellbeing of the family because he is the only source of income. After Gregor becomes a vermin, he begins to wonder if he'll be punished even though he strongly dislikes his job. His job requires constant travel, leaving him unable to develop relationships. With the incapability to create relationships, Gregor has no friends.
Later, the reader can see Gregor becoming dehumanized, "Whatever was not being used at the moment was flung into Gregor's room by the cleaning woman" (Kafka, Part 3). This quote proves Gregor was no longer thought of as a human being. Even though he is still alive, his family cannot communicate with him. Gregor's room becomes a garbage can and he is thought to be trash also. It can be said, Gregor is in exile in his own home.
While reading Maus by Art Spiegelman, dehumanization was very noticeable. The tale depicted the author's father's life as a Polish Jew during the time of Hitler's reign. While the father spoke on his experiences, he stated, "The...

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