Elie Wiesel's The Perils Of Indifference

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Elie Wiesel was a prisoner in the concentration camps of Auschwitz and in Buchenwald as a young boy (“Wiesel, Elie”). He lost his father, mother, and sister during his time as a prisoner (“Wiesel, Elie”). In 1945, Wiesel was finally liberated from Buchenwald were he had witnessed pain and despair (Wiesel). Elie Wiesel had a speech called “The Perils of Indifference”. During the speech, Wiesel is able to influence the audience on his views of indifference. Elie show how indifference has a major role in the past, present, and future of the nation. Elie Wiesel was able to show how indifference affected the past by talking about his experience of being a prisoner in a concentration camp as a young boy. Wiesel uses pathos when he talks about…show more content…
Examples like those are the reason that Wiesel questioned if society had learned from the past (Wiesel). It sounds like Wiesel had hoped that what had happened to him was not going to happen to anyone else. If society was changing, then maybe there was hope for the future generations. Elie Wiesel poses the question, “What about the children?” That question alone should have gotten the audience to start thinking about the future generations. Hearing that question would have played on peoples’ pathos and ethos. People do not tend to want children or future generations, to face the same tragic events that they had to. During all of the events that Wiesel brought up, children were always involved inadvertently. It seemed as though he was trying to say that a lot of children are unnecessarily suffering. He says that “when adults wage war, children perish”. Adults do not always think of the consequences of the acts they commit. War can cause people to lose family members or even everything. That quote would have people pondering on their ethos and pathos, the topic of children tends to. Wiesel goes on to say that so many of the children could be saved. If people have learned from the past, then there should be less tragedy for future generations to endure. People do not usually want to see children suffer a tragedy of any sort. Elie says that the young boy that he used to be will always be with him, as if to say he will never forget what he has been through, even as
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