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Tadeusz Borowskis short story Ladies and Gentlemen to the Gas Chamber is based on the authors two-year experience in the Auschwitz-Birkenau and Dachau concentration camps In this story the narrator takes on a distanced cold and dispassionate tone to describe the horrors taking place at the Auschwitz concentration camp during the Holocaust At first I believe the narrator does this out of spite for the Jewish people because he sees them as the source of his unhappiness He uses dehumanizing terms and often refers to the prisoners in animal and insect terms in order to distance himself from them and their pain This narrator probably feels some guilt for his survival being contingent upon the prisoners death Because of this he uses heartless language as a defense mechanism to detach himself from the prisoners and place himself above them as justification for his cruel actions In this paper I will further explore the defense mechanisms used by the author in this story This story is narrated by an unnamed Polish prisoner who arrives at Auschwitz to unload prisoners from trucks remove the deceased and take their belongings His coping mechanism for the inhumanity he witnesses is the use of sarcasm One example of this sarcasm is found on page 1054 when Borowski says Several of us are sitting right now on a top bunk swinging our legs in a carefree manner We take out white extravagantly baked bread crumbly falling to pieces a little provoking in taste but for all that bread that had not been moulding for weeks Bread sent from Warsaw Barely a week ago my mother had it in her hands Good God He uses a sarcastic and casual tone to convey to the reader an idea of carefree joy when really he is mocking the moldy old bread that is unpleasant tasting I also believe he is trying to
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