Comparing Wiesel's Message In Night And Perils Of Indifference

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Seventy four years ago, Elie Wiesel was taken from of his town and forced into brutal concentration camps, where he lost his family, was starved, whipped, beaten, and made to witness the executions of many innocent Jews. After three years of unimaginable struggle and hardship, he survived the Holocaust and went on to write Night, a memoir about his horrific experiences, and “Perils of Indifference”, a famous speech. Both of his works have the same powerful message: We cannot ever allow an atrocity such as the Holocaust to occur again. Elie’s message is very important, but which of his works conveys it more effectively?

Night has few ways of effectively delivering Elie’s message. First, by simply being a book, it holds a multitude of information and details that otherwise wouldn’t be able to be shared through a different medium. Elie’s harrowing way of describing the emotionally traumatic events he experienced leaves out nothing, shocking a reader into realizing just how incredibly evil the Holocaust was, and how much pain Elie and millions other Jews endured before most of
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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
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