##torical Devices In 'Perils Of Indifference' By Elie Wiesel
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You live in a life where chaos and mayhem rule the world; there can but be one way to see the world differently through rhetorical appeals. These devices are what speakers use to encourage and send a message for their audiences to understand, to learn from its moral value. Elie Wiesel is a great man and Holocaust survivor who presents the Perils of Indifference speech within the White House, in front of the president and the American citizens. In hopes of motivating those that lack interests to take action, the Holocaust survivor uses hortative tones, analogical reasoning, and emotional thought to encourage them to prevent and avoid more loss.
By encouraging them with hortative tones, Wiesel respectfully refers to those that don’t take action, take a stand, or fight for what’s right. His hortative tones encourage the audience to take action or by labeling them as inhuman if they don’t. According to Wiesel, he says, “To be indifferent to one’s suffering is what makes the human being inhuman. Indifference, after all, is more dangerous than anger and hatred”(8). From what he says, Wiesel achieves in describing an individual who is ignorant of a situation is therefore by the text, inhuman. This puts the audience through a process of thinking whether they should take action after hearing this tone from Wiesel. He urges the audience to stand up towards a problem or they would be labeled as inhuman and no one wants to be labeled that kind of negative nominal.
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