Elie Wiesel's Speech The Perils Of Indifferences

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On April 12, 1999, Elie Wiesel, a prominent figure and Holocaust survivor, voiced his empowered speech “The Perils of Indifference” in the East Room of the White House which was hosted by President Bill Clinton and wife, Hillary Clinton. The speech was a direct call-to-action reaching out to society for a change. This change that he desperately pleaded for warranted a need of our society to help aid assistance to those they have ignored in the past. Throughout the course of Wiesel’s speech, he managed to employ Aristotle’s means of persuasion with an ease capable of jarring his audience to want to stop such indifferences from ensuing, so that future generations could have renewed sense of hope and promise. Pathos reigned heavily in his speech through his many, notable experiences and rhetorical questions. The majority of Wiesel’s speech focused on appeals to pathos, logos, and ethos which were used to attract the audiences’ attention as well as to develop their understanding of the problem. Through these measures, Wiesel’s main goal was to persuade them to take action against indifference which he successfully achieved. Wiesel was able to use his painful memories of the torture from the Holocaust to express what he noted as “perils of indifference” and ultimately how it can lead future generations to learn from history’s mistakes. Persuading an audience is not a simple feat to accomplish as some may think. In actuality, it forces people to look beyond themselves and their

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