The purpose of this research paper is to compare and contrast Elie Wiesel and Susan B. Anthony, and their collective contributions, especially to the human rights movement and history. To this extent, I should first like to pro-offer some biographical information as well as background as it relates to the two. Elie Wiesel survived the Holocaust, wrote poetry, received the Nobel Peace Prize, and he was a political activist. When Elie Wiesel delivered the speech “The Perils of Indifference,” he was already a recognized authority of political action and peace. In his speech, Wiesel describes himself as a trustworthy messenger.
Throughout the history of the world, people have displayed hatred towards each other by fighting many wars. Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor, gave a speech at Buchenwald to the President, Chancellor, and people of Germany. Throughout the speech, he establishes that people should learn from past experiences that war, hatred, and racism are meaningless. He accomplishes this belief by using pathos to connect to people’s feelings and emotions. By using pathos, Wiesel develops the central idea of the speech that everyone should change for the better future by accepting wars, hatred, and racism as “not an option.”
In conclusion, Elie Wiesel is a Holocaust survivor that delivers his effective speech on effects of indifference and makes sure the audience is aware coming into this new century. He uses facts from his history multiple time to back up his purpose. Furthermore, he leaves the audience with sympathy due to his history, but his ambition was to act as an admonition towards all the American people; that we should not only focus on what’s affecting our nation but to look over those who are on the verge of suffering. Not to mention that Wiesel’s message can be reflected as a reminder for today’s generation to prevent history from repeating.
It has been said that “Silence gives posthumous victory to Hitler.” Posthumous means “after death.” People may be indifferent to this subject now that they see it is long over, but if that is how people think, then Hitler may have won afterall. If people are silent then others will forget. If people forget, then they will no longer know the terrors the Holocaust has caused.
Elie Wiesel enlightens his audience of the injustice Roosevelt submitted Jewish refugees to. Wiesel exclaims that he doesn't not understand if, "Roosevelt was a good man, with a heart." Wiesel questions the indifference in the president of the free world and why he didn't allow these refugees into the country. If Wiesel had not presented this information to his audience about the root and extreme problem of indifference in the country, do you think people would have realized just how terrible the problem is and how neglectful we are of our
Elie Wiesel's speech "Hope, Despair and Memory" uses all three types of rhetorical strategy. This speech was a powerful combination of pathos,logos, and ethos used to make people remember. Wiesel says "[We thought] It would enough to describe a death-camp "selection", to prevent human right to dignity from ever being violated again" to appeal to the listeners sense of compassion or empathy for those who suffered the atrocities of the war. This would also be called using pathos rhetorical strategy.
The beginning to me was to gain credibility by going back into the past using a personal experience of the day that he was liberated. He used this to show the audience that he is a credible source to talk about this subject. “Fifty-four years ago to the day, a young Jewish boy from a small town in the Carpathian Mountains woke up, not far from Goethe's beloved Weimar, in a place of eternal infamy called Buchenwald. He was finally free, but there was no joy in his heart. He thought there never would be again.
Elie Wiesel was a writer who won the Nobel Peace Prize and was also a Holocaust survivor. Wiesel has written many books but his most famous is “Night” where he describes his experiences during the Holocaust where he survived living in the concentration camps. His book Night has been translated into over 30 languages and has sold millions of copies . Elie Wiesel was born on September 1928 in Sighet, Romania. Elie grew up with his mother, father, and three sisters in the town of Sighet.
Throughout Elie Wiesel’s story, Night, his experience and encounters with others during the Holocaust damaged the way he was and influenced his actions in many different ways, and most of all, to his father. At the beginning of the story, Elie has been thoughtful of his father, or seemed to be, though we can tell Elie did like his father, it is known that his father didn’t give much affection to his family. “My father was sharing some anecdotes and holding forth on his opinion of the situation. He was a good story teller” (12). Elie loved his father, though at the beginning, his father was focused on keeping a good image and keeping everyone safe and happy.
Silence, multiple times throughout the text Elie Wiesel refers to the silence of the people. When reading this story that stood out to me the most. He is writing from the perspective of a young boy violated by the unimaginable horrors of human nature. In my head I saw a young child, abused, surrounded by a sea of silent people. The original title translated into “And The World Remained Silent” really captured the feeling of the book.(Wiesel,Pg13)
To conclude, Elie Wiesel’s purpose is still relevant to present times and has been an enlightenment for many who felt moved by his speech. His skill of using his personal experience to build a new revolution of an empathetic human race helped his audience obtain a new perspective on the indifferences the human race has enacted. Today, society can see more and more of the injustices of the past, and although some people do take action in minimizing indifferent actions, there is still many occasions where society has failed to go accordingly with solutions like the one Elie Wiesel so passionately delivered an entire speech to.