The Perils Of Indifference Elie Wiesel Speech

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Nobel Prize Winner, Elie Wiesel in his powerful speech, The Perils of Indifference, claims that the greater evils that lay within indifference are far worse than what any anger or hatred could ever accomplish. He develops his message by highlighting past tragedies and where he holds indifference. The meaning of the word as well as where it ranks among other words of war. Wiesel explains that “to be indifferent to that suffering is what makes the human being inhuman.” and that “Indifference is not a beginning, it is an end”. All wrapped in a serious tone throughout the speech to keep us immersed in history. Wiesel’s purpose is to criticize mistakes we’ve made in the past situations like his in order to bring about change in our actions to be a better people. He establishes a serious tone for readers by using stylistic devices(and/or rhetorical devices such as metaphor, hyperbole, and personification in order to develop his message that we have room for improvement and just because we’ve done some honorable deeds doesn’t mean that we should settle at that. Wiesel’s story centers around the tragic horror that is genocide. He was apart of what is notoriously known as the Holocaust. This event is the most talked about and studied example of genocide but that doesn’t mean it’s the only one of its kind. There have been various examples of mass genocide over the years that don’t seem to stick in history the way the Holocaust does. This is precisely what Wiesel wanted to make
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