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Elie Wiesel Ethos Pathos Logos

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Elie Wiesel, an American Jewish holocaust survivor, that was also a political activist, writer, and professional speaks a heartfelt speech to get across his message about the people who died in the Holocaust by using rhetorical techniques By using logos, Wiesel reiterates what it looked like to be a child and live through the holocaust that affected everyone around him. As a child, he was not able to thoroughly understand what it was like being a child when the Nazis made all Jewish citizens go to ghettos, using sealed cattle cars, which paints a logical picture. “A young Jewish boy discovers the kingdom of night. I remember his bewilderment, I remember his anguish.” Wiesel perceives the information by talking about himself in the third person. Wiesel uses ethos in the speech as in developing trust with the listener by admitting it’s not his place to speak for the dead because as an adolescent, he couldn’t understand the hardships of the elders, which only goal was to survive and protect their kids. “And then I explained to him how naive we were—As long as one child is hungry, our lives will be filled with anguish and shame.” A …show more content…

Confessing how the child he keeps mentioning is him, and how sad he is to know that child is still scared and hopeless in that time of situation where he was not able to do anything. He had to stand there and watch every piece of memory be destroyed by the nazis, creating an empathetic wave over the people who were listening to him speak. “This is what I say to the young Jewish boy wondering what I have done with his years. It is in His name that I speak to you and that I express to you my deepest gratitude. No one is as capable of gratitude as one who has emerged from the kingdom of night.” Wiesel then stated that we don’t live for ourselves, we truly live for others, and others live for

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