Perils Of Indifference Rhetorical Devices

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Perils of Indifference Close Reading In Elie Wiesel’s Perils of Indifference he used the rhetorical devices repetition, anecdote, and emotional language effectively to persuade the reader to see his point of view. Elie Wiesel’s message in his essay is that we should not be indifferent to those who are being oppressed; that those in oppression need to be recognized so they understand that they are not completely alone Elie Wiesel’s repetition of “indifference” sets his point on how dangerous indifference is. Some examples of his repetition include, “In a way, to be indifferent to that suffering is what makes the human being inhuman. Indifference after all, is more dangerous than anger or hatred” (paragraph 11, line 1-2), “Why the indifference, on the highest level, to the suffering of the victims” (paragraph 19, line 4-5), and, “Has the human being become less indifferent and more human?”(paragraph 24, line 3). There were many more examples of his use of indifference throughout his essay. His repetition of indifference is so effective because it sets into the reader that his point is truly about the perils of indifference. Not only that but, its repetition allows indifference to be seen in differing lights. Wiesel uses repetition to explain how indifference infects our history like the plague and it shows how easy it is to feel indifferent. It shows that indifference has a commonplace in our world and that its normality in society is truly dangerous. Elie Wiesel continues
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