Indifference By Elie Wiesel

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There is no question as to whether or not an author can influence their reader’s emotions. It is something that most people experience at some point or another through fictional novels or a biography, or a speech. The question is how do they do it and why. Through their use of stories and word choice authors are able to heighten emotional intensity in order to manipulate the reader into feeling certain emotions. In a paper or speech where authors are trying to persuade, authors create these emotions because their audience is more likely to accept their argument and want to bring change if they are emotionally invested in something. One particular author that is very good at this is Elie Wiesel. In his speech, “Perlis of Indifference,” he describes his experience during the holocaust. He is able to evoke emotions of remorse, and guilt from the audience by telling his story with vivid details, and sharing his definition of indifference with the audience. He does this so we understand that indifference is a bad thing, and it is something that we should try to end. When people think about being indifferent to something they would think of it as something that they do not care about, something that is harmless. While Wiesel may agree that being indifferent means not caring he would not agree that being indifferent is harmless. He states, “Indifference after all is more dangerous than anger and hatred. Anger at times can be creative… But indifference is never creative…
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