Elie Wiesel's Speech : The Perils Of Indifference

1340 WordsOct 11, 20176 Pages
A wise, Ethiopian Ruler by the name of Haile Selassie once said that “throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph” Throughout millennia, despite many differences in language, cultural, and social structures, humans all developed the same characteristics like, for one; their approach in tragedies happening around the world. When responding to tragedies, humans can either be aghast, furious, and eager to do whatever they can to help or they can be in support of the people who caused the tragedy. However, there is one response that is arguably worse…show more content…
This builds up Wiesel’s credibility and aids the audience in empathizing and agreeing to the main idea of the speech. In order to slowly ease into his reprimanding tone, Wiesel repeatedly uses the word “gratitude” to emphasize that he is extremely grateful to America and trying to cozy up to the President, Congress, Hillary Clinton and more before giving them a hypothetical slap in the face in future paragraphs. Wiesel then moves on to inform the audience that they are on “the threshold of a new millennium”. He then gives the audience something to think about by asking “what will the legacy of this vanishing century will be and how it will be remembered” When given this rhetorical question, the audience is left to ponder the question and feel a sense of embarrassment for they knew that the future generations would be ashamed of their actions. He then goes on to appeal to logos by giving examples of many tragedies that had happened in their millennium like “ the two World Wars “ to emphasize how much violence and indifference, was going on. Shifting gears, Wiesel begins to define exactly what indifference is. He first gives the origin of the indifference which means “no difference” and then begins to juxtapose opposing ideas such as “good and evil “,“ cruelty and compassion”, and “
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