Imagery In The Perils Of Indifference By Elie Wiesel

859 WordsDec 8, 20174 Pages
Holocaust survivor and writer, Elie Wiesel in his influential speech “The Perils of Indifference,” claims that indifference is the root of all evil and inhumanity---all pain and all tragedy has resulted because of indifference. He supports his claim by highlighting the reason for “World Wars,” “Civil Wars,” “Assassinations,” “Bloodbaths,” and “Tragedy---” indifference (Wiesel par. 5) . Specifically, Wiesel uses imagery to paint an image of what the innocent victims of indifference experience. The poor “children [that] perish” because of the indifference in a man’s soul; until they see the children’s “pain” and “agony” and “hear their pleas,” until “one of them dies” because of the “violence,” “disease” and “famine,” then one will notice the dangers of indifference (Wiesel par. 23) . Further, the author flashbacks to past events that have left humans without a soul. He mentions how one day he “woke up in a place of eternal infamy, Buchenwald.” Remembering the day he is captured and the day he is “free[ed]” (Wiesel par. 1) . The problem now is that “there [i]s no joy in his heart;” he becomes a victim of indifference---the metal torture (Wiesel par. 1) . Wiesel’s purpose is to inform humanity of the dangers indifference holds in order to encourage humans to continue to hope for a world without indifference---no pain, no horror. He establishes a critical tone for readers by using stylistic devices such as imagery, flashbacks and rhetorical questions in order to achieve his purpose that indifference is monstrous and dangerous. Wiesel’s message about the inhumanity of indifference and the importance of resistance is still relevant today. 1999 marks the year Elie Wiesel presents the White House with his speech “The Perils of Indifference.” He argues that “to be indifferent” is to be “inhumane” (Wiesel par 11) . Four years later genocide in Darfur occurs; the first genocide of the 21st century (Darfur Genocide) . This genocide claims the lives of at least 300,000 innocent people and displaced 3 million more people (Darfur Genocide) . Meanwhile, according to “Sudan Backgrounder,” “With the international community focused on resolving the conflicts between the north and the south, a growing conflict in Darfur was
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