Night by Elie Wiesel Deception Term Paper

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How the German army used this deception can be best quoted from Night when the Pole in charge of the block where Eliezer was kept with other men said, "Comrades, you are now in the concentration camp Auschwitz. Ahead of you lies a long road paved with suffering. Do not lose hope. You have already eluded the worst danger: the selection. Therefore, muster your strength and keep your faith. We shall all see the day of liberation" (Wiesel, 1981, pg 5).

The work of these prisoners was to build the Auschwitz camp which was a method used by Nazis to kill Jews when they are overworked with weakness or caught diseases.

At another occasion, Wiesel quotes in Night, "we were quite used to this kind of rumor. It was not the first time that false prophets announced to us: peace in the wind, the Red Cross negotiating our liberation, or other fables. Moreover, often we believed them. It was like an injection of morphine" (Wiesel,1981, pg 80). Prisoners were given false hopes that Red Cross is progressing in trying to free Jewish prisoners from all the camps constructed by Nazis which unfortunately worked every time and prisoners ignited new energy and hope to work harder in the faith of getting freed.


Dehumanization was a strong product of deception used on those prisoners when they were driven to work hard for insufficient meals and hopes for setting free. It corroded...
...In Night, Wiesel has quoted at one place how he saw a son kill his father for food which explains how Nazis were successful in plotting their propaganda by debasing humankind and making them long for food and freedom. Deception implies a brutal effect on mind. It enables the one who plans deception to control the other person (Quick, 1994). It boosts morale and induces hope similarly how people of Sighet delved into illusion that they are not in danger. Night tends to explain two types of deceptions. The one executed by one's own self and the other planned by the opposite person. Self-deception was used by the people of Sighet who believed that Nazis would not be able to reach them however, they eventually did. They deceived themselves by refusing to believe what Mrs. Schechter had been warning them. They used self-deception to keep their friends and themselves alive in hopes of freedom after laborious work and hopes of their families and friends reuniting (Wiesel, 2008).


Quick, A. (1994). Deception. New York: Bantam Books.

Wiesel, E. (1981). Night. New York: Glencoe/McGraw-Hill.

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Quick, A. (1994). Deception. New York: Bantam Books.

Wiesel, E. (1981). Night. New York: Glencoe/McGraw-Hill.

Wiesel, E. (2008). The Night Trilogy: Night, Dawn, Day. New York: Hill and Wang.

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