The Speech, Perils Of Indifference, By Elie Wiesel

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In the speech, “Perils of Indifference,” Elie Wiesel, the author of Night, conveys his message that indifference entices inhumanity as a lack of acknowledgement to a person’s suffering is advantageous to an assailant and “elicits no response” (3). Therefore, the individual with a sense of indifference is a determining factor in others’ distress because without their involvement, the victim will never be assisted. Sentiments of anger and hatred possess the ability to endorse positive conclusions; however, “indifference is never creative” because of the absence of participation (3). Wiesel develops his claim by providing a series of background information to display credibility, personal experiences to amplify the emotions of the audience,…show more content…
As a result, the audience becomes sentimental and are more susceptible to be observant of the reason that triggered this event. The Jewish boy is a prime example of the destructive power indifference has towards humanity as it leaves the feeling of desolation in its wake. In modern times, children face violence in the Middle East such as Alan Kurdi, a Middle Eastern boy who drowned in the Mediterranean Sea in an attempt to escape conflict similar to the many Jewish boys that struggled to flee from Nazi Germany. Although they do not know it, these children are representations of innocence, whom are unaware that their situation could have been prevented if not for the indifference of other countries. In both these situations, the U.S. takes no action to help end the suffering of people and the purpose of the speech is to change that very aspect. Wiesel expresses appreciation to the U.S. government; “… I am filled with a profound and abiding gratitude to the American people,” however, it is also a strategy to develop a non-aggressive approach to the audience as he will be identifying the tragedies that Americans created by their indifference (1). Wiesel reminds the audience of the atrocities during the 20th century through
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