Elie Wiesel's Speech On Apathy

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Kongmeng Vang
Ms. Finman
College Writing 11
October 27, 2017
Elie Wiesel
On 1999, Elie Wiesel, a Jewish writer gave a magnificent speech about apathy. In this speech, Wiesel thanks his fellow supporters who helped him and his people when they were in danger. Wiesel talked about his own experiences and uses history that he knows and supports his concern about not taking action. He focuses on those who stay back and watch others take action, which they could as well. In the speech, he repeats a significant amount of words that have a purposeful meaning towards the reason of why being apathy is unacceptable. In Wiesel’s The Perils of Indifference speech, Wiesel influences the audience by appealing to their emotions with pathos, using anaphora
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Furthermore, anaphora was in the speech to strengthen Wiesel 's purpose. Anaphora is the repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of sentences. One way that Wiesel uses anaphora in his speech is by saying, “Indifference elicits no response. Indifference is not a response. Indifference is not a beginning, it is an end” (2) The word “Indifference” is emphasized and was preached multiple times, because he knows that by doing this, the audience will understand what he is trying to get at. By doing this, he put the audience in a state of considering if they are indifferent and if they are to know the effects of it. Wiesel also says in his speech, “You fight it. You denounce it. You disarm it” (2). The word “You” is imitated to draw out that Wiesel is articulating to everyone who does not take action and is not concerned about things around them. By repeating “you”, it makes delivers a positive connotation. The positive is that, by saying “you” he means they are not late to make a change in society or the world. If he did not repeat you in front of those sentences, the audience would have not been grabbed by what he was trying to say. Anaphora in Wiesel’s speech brings an importance of purpose and how it makes his speech stronger and without the usage of anaphora, the meaning or purpose would not be easily considered. Lastly, using a determined tone towards the audience really benefited how serious the problem
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