Analysis Of Elie Wiesel's Perils Of Indifference

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“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”(Perils of Indifference) said Elie Wiesel, survivor of the Holocaust in his Perils of Indifference speech. In his speech he explains a little about his experience throughout the holocaust, but mainly about why he is so against indifference. While in his Nobel Peace Prize winning book, Night, he describes in depth about his journey through concentration camps and what he witnessed along the way. Indifference is a big topic of his, and it is now a matter of what illustrates the topic better, Night or Perils of Indifference. The speech Elie Wiesel gave on April 12th, 1999, Perils of Indifference, portrays the same message but mainly in three different ways. The first was his use of a lot of rhetorical questions. These were used in the topics of legacies, philosophies, and questioning the actions of President…show more content…
Some being, “What are its courses and inescapable consequences? Is it a philosophy? Is there a philosophy of indifference conceivable?”(Perils of Indifference). They are very effective in making the reader think. Questions like these also keep the reader engaged as if they are having a conversation with the speaker or author in their head. The second way is that Wiesel used real world connections to when indifference affected our world. For example when Elie said, “These failures have cast a dark shadow over humanity: two World Wars, countless civil wars, the senseless chain of assassinations- Gandhi, the Kennedys, Martin Luther King, Sadat, Rabin”(Perils of Indifference). It is a very good strategy to use because it makes what they are saying feel real and matter. If he hadn’t given examples, then we wouldn’t have truly thought about that indifference is actually real and not just something that could affect our future. The last main way that Elie
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