The Rhetorical Analysis Of Elie Wiesel's Speech

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Elie Wiesel, a Noble Peace Prize winner and Boston University Professor, presented a speech as part of the Millennium Lecture Series at the White House on April 12, 1999. President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary Clinton hosted the formal event. Numerous government officials from a wide order of public, private and foreign office attended the event. Although Elie Wiesel designed his speech to persuade, it actually felt somewhat outside from its orignal intended purpose, as being more different. Wiesel’s speech, persuasive in nature, was designed to educate his audience to the violence and killing of innocent people across the globe. Wiesel spoke of acts that had taken place throughout his lifetime, from his youth, up to the present day. His focus was to encourage society to bring future action to prevent acts of injustice from taking place. He did this with the main point of his speech centering on how dangerous indifference can be to humankind. Elie Wiesel’s speech was designed to influence his listeners into action by warning them about the dangers indifference can have on society as it pertains to human atrocities and suffering. The speech helped the audience understand the need for every individual to show their moral conscience in the face of injustice. Wiesel attempts to convince his audience to support his views by using his childhood experience and relating them to the harsh realities while living in Nazi Death Camps as a boy during the Holocaust. He warns,
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