The Perils Of Indifference By Elie Wiesel Analysis

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On April 12,1999 as part of a Millennium Lecture Series at the White House hosted by the former President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hilary Clinton distinguished author Elie Wiesel gave a speech entitled, "The Perils of Indifference". The speech was a moving testimony about the trials he faced as an adolescent and the devastating effects that could occur if people do not take a stand against people who threaten others basic rights as a human. Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor, was only a teenager when in the summer of 1944 he and the rest of his family were deported by the Nazis to Auschwitz extermination camp. During his time there he endured constant abuse and was subject to starvation, but was later liberated from the camp in the Spring of 1945. During his life after the war he went on to receive several awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Noble Peace Prize. He has written numerous books; however, his most recognized work is Night, a memoir of his experience in Auschwitz. Wiesel took the initiative to deliver a speech to inspire citizens across America to take action in times of injustice and violence in an attempt to prevent events such as the Holocaust from reoccurring by recounting the horrors he lived as teenager while standing firm in the belief that one cannot stand idly by. Wiesel begins the speech by targeting his immediate and present audience, including members of congress as well as authority figures within the government, to challenge them to take a stand against authorities across the globe from attacking innocent people. The repetition of the word, “indifference”, in a negative connotation affects the audience by appealing to pathos in an attempt for them to realize that by not taking action it is as if they are the ones committing the crime themselves. In comparison he goes on to use words with positive connotations such as, "judge" and "moral" for instance, “How will it be remembered in the new millennium? Surely it will be judged, and judged severely in both moral and metaphysical terms.” Wiesel fills his speech with words that causes the audience to envision pictures of justice being served in their minds. By using these specific words, he is able to convey a
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