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How was Primo Levi and the other like him dehumanized in order to survive There are many points in the book where this comes up but three most rememberable and important ones The first and most important is that these people live from day to day by stealing from the sick and healthy alike Another is the permanent marks they will have on there body Finally free will and how they live like mindless slaves with out any care if they live or die It is Primo Levis story of being captured as an Italian partisan in December 1943 and shipped to Poland as a Jew but there he is changed forever to something in my opinion more because he has seen both extremes of life Levi writes to eat only the ration to observe the discipline of the work and the camp In other words the society is set up so that if one follows the rules one dies A man has to have a cunning ability to steal He has to finagle extra rations of soup and less-strenuous workloads In order to continue to live Levi give up moral and decent standards of living he must live in constant fear that at any moments he will be caught doing something wrong and beaten But what he must do is to make sure he will not become one of the drowned Destined to be sent into execution The prisoners were not united against their enemy On the contrary Every waking moment you had to keep an eye on your clothes bowl or spoon or they would be stolen by another prisoner There was no pity for your fellows Pity lead to death To have a mark on your body that you know will always be there and is your identity is complexly degrading and impossible for any of us to understand We have all recognized ourselves as names but if I was branded like
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