Dehumanization Essays

  • Dehumanization in Death of a Salesman

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    Dehumanization in Death of a Salesman Alienation and loneliness are two of the frequently explored themes in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.  Yet they can also cause other effects which are just as harmful, if not more so.  In Death of a Salesman, two of these other results are dehumanization and a loss of individual freedom.  This is a very complex web of emotions, but as Miller said, “Death of a Salesman is not, of course, in the realistic tradition, having broken out into quite a new

  • Dehumanization in Night by Elie Wiesel

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    Dehumanization in Night In the novel, Night, Elie Wiesel narrates his experience as a young Jewish boy during the holocaust.  The captured Jews are enslaved in concentration camps, where they experience the absolute worst forms of torture, abuse, and inhumane treatment.  Such torture has obvious physical effects, but it also induces psychological changes on those unfortunate enough to experience it. However, these mutations of their character and morality cannot be accredited to weakness

  • Dehumanization in Player Piano

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    company, and computers are integrated more and more into our daily lives. People are slowly, but surely, being replaced my machines and artificial "workers." Kurt Vonnegut's foresaw this movement of mechanization in the 1950's and responds to the dehumanization of society in his novel Player Piano. In Vonnegut's fictional world, machines and computers have eliminated the need for industrial laborers after the Second Industrial Revolution. Society is thus split into two unequal classes which consist of

  • McDonaldization: The Dehumanization of Workers

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    McDonaldization: The Dehumanization of Workers McDonaldization is becoming the new wave of job types where workers are being deskilled, dehumanized and exploited. Machines are taking over tasks which the employees used to do such as bank machines (interact). The McDonaldized jobs now instead of making the employee do all the work they have the customer working too, for example when the customer cleans up after eating. These jobs are becoming less interactive and personal because workers are

  • The Theme of Dehumanization in Breakfast of Champions

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    The Theme of Dehumanization in Breakfast of Champions "Dear Sir, poor sir, brave sir: You are an experiment by the Creator of the Universe." (Vonnegut 259) Imagine if this was addressed to you. What an awful feeling of betrayal and loneliness you would no doubt get. But what if next you heard this? "You are the only creature in the entire Universe who has free will. You are the only one who has to figure out what to do next-and why. Everybody else is a robot, a machine." (Vonnegut 259) Surely

  • The Consequences Of Dehumanization In A Lesson Before Dying

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    Dehumanization has been seen throughout human history and has had pretty devastating effects. For example, people of Jewish decent were not considered human at all. They were given the title of “sub human” and were treated like animals and scum. This lead to the Holocaust where millions of Jewish people were murdered because of who they were. Dehumanization is the act of depriving humans of human qualities, spirit or personality. Not only do people dehumanize people of different races, but they also

  • Conrad's Heart of Darkness and the Dehumanization of Africans

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    Heart of Darkness and the Dehumanization of Africans The Western world, generally speaking, is not kind to Africa and its native inhabitants. We acknowledge Africa's existence, but we do not want to see or understand anything about it beyond the obvious: overt things that are open to criticism like Apartheid (a European invention). The occasional praiseworthy entity is given momentary applause, but felicitations are short-lived and quickly forgotten. These statements refer just to politics,

  • Dehumanization in The Women Who Clean Fish

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    Dehumanization in The Women Who Clean Fish Erica Funkhouser's women who clean fish can hardly be categorized as women at all. Yet they supposedly are all named Rose or Grace forming a vast contradiction in itself. They are introduced as individuals giving the illusion that they are of some importance but very soon they are seen as nothing more than laborers. They become an unidentifiable mass, each as common as the next. However, they do not remain unidentifiable forever and by the end of

  • The Use of Oxymorons: Control and Dehumanization of Society

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    are combined, are used in both stories, and help explain how technology dehumanizes people. The stories’ inventions and advancements and the censoring used in the society of the stories show this as well. The use of oxymorons shows the people’s dehumanization from technology. First, the most civilized person living in the society is actually called a savage. In Brave New World, John, who is from a Savage Reservation (he was born from a mother) is the most civilized person that lives in the society

  • Dehumanization and Freedom in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

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    Dehumanization and Freedom in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass The issue of slavery in antebellum America was not black and white. Generally people in the North opposed slavery, while inhabitants of the South promoted it. However, many people were indifferent. Citizens in the North may have seen slavery as neither good nor bad, but just a fact of Southern life. Frederick Douglass, knowing the North was home to many abolitionists, wrote his narrative in order to persuade these

  • The Dehumanization Process in the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave

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    The Dehumanization Process in the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave Throughout American history, minority groups were victims of American governmental policies, and these policies made them vulnerable to barbaric and inhumane treatment at the hands of white Americans. American slavery is a telling example of a government sanctioned institution that victimized and oppressed a race of people by indoctrinating and encouraging enslavement, racism and abuse. This institution

  • Comparing Dehumanization in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and Maus

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    Dehumanization in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and Maus Through out history we learn of the mistreatment of many different types of people. Several different groups of people have been prosecuted and singled out for many different types of reasons. In recent history, the African Americans and the Jews have been the focus of discrimination. Slavery and the Holocaust were made to make these groups of people feel inferior to those who were in control of them. During these two periods

  • A visit of charity

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    But instead of love, good will, and affection, self-interest, insensitivity, and dehumanization prevail in this story. Welty's description of the setting and her portrayal of Marian dramatize the theme that people's selfishness and insensitivity can blind them to the humanity and needs of others. Many features of the setting, a winter's day at a home for elderly women, suggest coldness, neglect, and dehumanization. Instead of evergreens or other vegetation that might lend softness or beauty to the

  • Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi

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    inflicted upon the prisoners of the concentration camp by the Schutzstaffel, through dehumanization. Levi describes “the denial of humanness” constantly forced upon the prisoners through similes, metaphors, and imagery of animalistic and mechanistic dehumanization (“Dehumanization”). He makes his readers aware of the cruel reality in the concentration camp in order to help them examine the psychological effects dehumanization has not only on those dehumanized, but also on those who dehumanize. He establishes

  • Monsters Chasing Monsters

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    using the chapter which Elizabeths dies, it can be proved that the accumulation of other deaths and her death lead to the dehumanization of Frankensteins mental and physical states as well as his obsession with the monster. This dehumanization and change in Victor matters because it shows the growing connection between Victor and the monster he is chasing. The dehumanization that Victor experiences, is described in a specific way, using the Oxford English Dictionary definition of “ to deprive of

  • Examples Of Dehumanization

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    Dehumanization Dehumanization is characterized by enemy’s viewing each other as parasites apps anything but human, as a result of this eachother believe that their enemy should not receive any consideration. One can also see another as inferior, evil, or criminal. Dehumanization can also be an extension or easier way to develop an enemy. Dehumanization is most commonly found in groups that do not see eye to eye. Each group will try to enforce their way of life as opposed to the

  • Dehumanization Examples

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    Power and Impact of Dehumanization “The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.” In this quote, Aldous Huxley clearly illustrates the power one group of people strive to obtain by disregarding another group’s existence as equals. Through political and social systems that use fear, force, and disinformation, they aim to gain more domination through dehumanization. This mindset can be defined as the utter denial of the fact that a human

  • Dehumanization in Night

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    For any organized genocide to take place, there must exist an organized attempt at mass dehumanization. This has been proven repeatedly, in murders, in massacres, and through actions. Through the actions of the Rwandan Army, which committed hundreds of thousands of murders in a matter of months, killing over two thirds of the Tutsi people. Through the disparaging, imperialistic beliefs held for hundreds of years under the mantra of ¨The White Man's Burden¨. Through the Nazi soldiers who, although

  • Alienation and Dehumanization

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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

  • Dehumanization In The Holocaust

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    psychological and physical torture viewed as being as cruel and insensitive as dehumanization. Dehumanization is the process by which a person or group of people are reduced to a subhuman level by some oppressor, and treated as an object or animal rather than a person. This process has been employed for centuries by various oppressors as a way to expedite the torture or killing of oppressed groups. Specifically, dehumanization was one of the tactics employed to carry out one of the bloodiest genocides