Themes In The Perils Of Indifference By Elie Wiesel

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Human rights activist and Nobel Prize winning author, Elie Wiesel in his mind opening speech, “The Perils of Indifference,” brings to light the indifference had my the masses which allowed a long period of suffering on multiple occasions; which can only be described as “inhumane” and a “sin” (par. 13). He develops his message by illustrating the specific life changing events the author has gone through, such as when he was “Liberated a day earlier by American soldiers…” (par. 2) which makes him credible enough to speak confidently about the subject at hand. In addition, Wiesel also by using the line “When adults wage war, children perish.” he creates a shocking moment of realization and a heavier mood so people realize that being indifferent had great repercussions. Lastly, the author creates awareness to the gravity of not caring about major genocides happening worldwide. “[T]wo world wars, countless civil wars, [and] a senseless chain of assassinations…” (par. 5) are what he touched on and wanted to make a point of. Wiesel’s purpose is to inform government officials of their own indifference so it is prevented in the future in order to make better millenium where people aren’t heedless when relating to a crisis. He establishes a serious, somber, and enlightening tone for readers through the use of ethos, pathos, and the literary device asyndeton in order to develop his message that humans shouldn’t be indifferent towards others. Wiesel’s message about the inhumanity of
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