One way the speech was successful at delivering his message well is its length remains concise while also managing to contain lots power with its heart wrenching words. Within his speech, he bluntly states that if people had cared about what was happening to the Jews, so many lives could have been saved, and by repeatedly saying that, he makes his message very clear. A second reason that “Perils of Indifference” conveys its message effectively is the added dynamic of sound and visuals. Elie’s weary and regretful tone of voice while reading “Perils of Indifference” provides an extra perspective on the meanings of the words that can’t be shown in a book. Through his speech, he shows that he laments the Holocaust occurring, and wants people to understand that they can’t be bystanders to the world’s
Elie Wiesel made a speech called, "The Perils of Indifference." In which he believes that indifference is evil. Elie Wiesel is correct that indifference is corrupt because it makes people not care, and it makes other people suffer.
By having the last two paragraphs laden with questions, Wiesel suggests that society needs a wakeup call to the indifference surrounding everyone. Reinforcing his argument about indifference, Wiesel offers the rhetorical questions as a final food for thought about the indifference that surrounds society, which no one does anything to change. Wiesel, through the series of questioning, engaged identity formations in the audience's thoughts of whether to take action or ignore the problem at hand, forging a lasting impact on his audience’s future
The general statement made by Elie Wiesel in his speech, The Perils of Indifference, is that indifference is sinful. More specifically, Wiesel argues that awareness needs to be brought that indifference is dangerous. He writes “Indifference is not a beginning, it is an end”. In this speech, Wiesel is suggesting that indifference is dangerous it can bring the end to many lives. In conclusion Wiesel's belief is suggesting that indifference is an end, it needs to be noticed and taken care of.
Elie Wiesel was one of the many unfortunate souls who were sent to Auschwitz, a well known concentration camp. He spent many painful years watching people get shot, or die of starvation; seeing people get sent to gas chambers for no reason. After he escaped, he turned bitter, and cruel. He later wrote the book Night. Elie Wiesel stated boldly, “The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference.” I believe that Mr. Wiesel was trying to put forth the ideas that if you don’t try to make a difference, the world will never change for the better. We should all do our upmost to make our world a better, and more improved place for our youth to
Elie Wiesel wanted to show the world the horrible act of indifference and how it has personally affected him as a child and for his whole life growing up. Wiesel manages to create many viewpoints and to throw us in his shoes for us to understand the inhumanity of the ones had no sympathy towards the jews during the holocaust. Wiesel’s use of ethos, pathos, logos, diction, and allusion certainly gives the audience information and emotions he was hoping
Wiesel commenced the speech with an interesting attention getter: a story about a young Jewish from a small town that was at the end of war liberated from Nazi rule by American soldiers. This young boy was in fact himself. The first-hand experience of cruelty gave him credibility in discussing the dangers of indifference; he was a victim himself. His introduction and conclusion included both the thesis and main points. His thesis was clearly stated: Choosing to be indifferent to the suffering of others solely leads to more heartache, more injustice, and more suffering. Indifference threatens the world of those who are indifferent and those who are suffering due to the indifference. It is a sad, endless cycle if action is not taken. Moreover, his main points were (1) indifference may seem harmless, but it is in fact very dangers; (2) history is filled with the negative results of indifference; (3)
In the past, indifference has led to the murder of millions of people. Indifference is when we, the humans race, do not care about those who suffer from the injustice, violence, or oppression on behalf of others (Clare). On 12 April 1992, Elie Wiesel, a holocaust survivor gave a speech regarding human indifference in front of President William J. Clinton and the first lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton, at the White House. What was he trying to accomplish during his speech? In the speech, titled “The Perils of Indifference,” Elie Wiesel showed gratitude to the American people, President Clinton, and Mrs. Hillary Clinton for the help they brought and apprised the audience about the violent consequences and human suffering due to indifference against humanity (Wiesel). This speech was persuasive. It was also effective because it conveyed to the audience the understanding of
Wiesel introduces his first claim by asking the audience about their perspective of the word Indifference and gives it definition and his own to then again question his audience about its effects. The reason for this structure was to get to audience to really think about what he is asking to provide their own perspective of Indifference and to see if their answer is like his own. He repeats the first letter of every word to emphasize the contrast between those who are indifferent and those who are not (which is his answer). He therefore backs up his answer by providing another one of his personal experience about what happened behind the gates of Auschwitz and the people. As he grows more towards the topic of indifference, he takes the time
Nobel Peace Prize-Winning Author, Elie Wiesel, in his sympathetic speech, “The Perils of Indifference,” warns people about the dangers of indifference. He supports his claim by describing a scenario with a young Jewish boy and him being saved by American soldiers from a concentration camp. Wiesel also supports his claim by telling a story about how indifference is worse than anger and hatred through descriptive words. He finally uses imagery to give us a descriptive image of what indifference could do for the future. Wiesel’s purpose is to warn people of the danger of indifference in order to inform people of all the harm indifference can because. He establishes a serious tone for the readers by using literary devices such as Repetition, Structure, and Imagery in order to achieve his message that indifference
Famous author and Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel claims in his speech, “The Perils of Indifference,” that indifference is dangerous. He supports his claim by first defining indifference as “a blurred line between light and dark,” then by illustrating how indifference can benefit the aggressor and be a friend to the enemy. Finally, Wiesel’s imagery and diction helps support his claim. For example, by listing all of humanity’s failures he helps us imagine how dangerous indifference can really be. Wiesel’s purpose is to illustrate all of the dangers of indifference by using personal and historical experiences in order to prevent the same failures from happening again. He wrote this speech with a fluctuating tone. He starts off his speech being
Elie Wiesel has been through much more than any person should ever have to go through, he has witnessed unspeakable things that have happened to others, and he has lived through it all to tell the stories. He has written so many books, and made so many speeches, but perhaps two of his most famous writings were the book Night and his speech Perils Of Indifference. His book was published in 1956, and his speech was given on April 12, 1999. Both his speech, and his book talk about the horrors of the holocaust, and how it affected him. However, in the speech he reflects upon his tribulations in the camps, and what he thinks about moving forward. While the book is more of a story, and provides much more detail of the horrible things that he lived
He references back to his past life, “a young Jewish boy from a small town in the Carpathian Mountains woke up…. He was finally free, but there was no joy in his heart. He thought there never would be again.” (Wiesel 1). Wiesel wants his audience to completely understand that others are suffering the way he has suffered and could be helped. When explaining his history as a young boy, Wiesel emotionally triggers his surrounding crowd and explained what was the cause of this horrific situation called indifference. Wiesel’s goal with describing his past life is to help his audience have a better visualization. Later in his speech, Wiesel defines that same word, “What is indifference? A strange and unnatural state in which the lines blur between light and darkness, dusk and dawn, crime and punishment, cruelty and compassion, good and evil.” (Wiesel 2). When Wiesel begins to define the word indifference he questions his audience about it. He wants people to know that because of all the indifferent
Wiesel almost immediately draws the audience in with the compelling beginning of a horrible nightmare, he uses joy and gratitude it is difficult to understand why until you see the emotional side. As the speech goes on he breaks down the word indifference to make sure the audience understands what he is speaking about, also incase there was any misconceptions of this word he says, “What is indifference? Etymologically, the word means "no difference." A strange and unnatural state in which the lines blur between light and darkness, dusk and dawn, crime and punishment, cruelty and compassion, good and evil” (Wiesel). He understood that for the audience to get emotionally attached to your speech, emotions must flow like a river. Wiesel continually brought up gratitude, joy, compassion and the children. The use of Pathos in this speech was evident throughout, the audience was in his shoes and felt his
He drew his audience closer by logically giving them examples and situations wherein anger and hatred is better than being apathetic. He also gave an ambiguous statement “anger can at times be creative” to provoke his audience to think how would anger be creative and better than not doing anything (3)? By solidifying that “one does something special for the sake of humanity because one is angry at the injustice that one witnesses” would his audience realize that what Wiesel was claiming is probably right (3). This would affect his audience in a way that they would start to look in his perspective more attentively with curiosity, guilt, and interest combine. Wiesel purposely divides “You fight it. You denounce it. You disarm it” shortly similar to what he also did to his claim that “indifference is not a response. Indifference is not a beginning, it is an end. And, therefore, indifference is always the friend of the enemy, for it benefits the aggressor – never his victim…” to create an emphasis on each sentence (3). Besides the shortness of each sentence and lack of conjunctions, his repetition of the word “you” and “indifference” to both claims added to the focus he was trying to put in his