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The Perils Of Indifference By Elie Wiesel Analysis

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The perils of indifference was a speech given by Elie Wiesel on April 12, 1999 as part of the Millennium Lecture series hosted by President Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton. Elie Wiesel is a Holocaust survivor and a Nobel Laureate. He experienced first hand the injustices and suffering during the Holocaust. As a teenage in the year 1944, Wiesel and his family were torn apart by the Nazis, they were deported from their home in Hungary and sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. Wiesel recalls facing hunger, strict discipline, and slavery. In his speech Wiesel describes the injustices faced by people in the twentieth century, focusing mainly on the holocaust. The intended purpose for this speech was to persuade the audience to stop practicing indifference to the victims of injustice, but to show compassion to those suffering. Throughout his entire speech, Wiesel uses a distressed, sympathetic, and critical tone when he is describing how people were treated with indifference. He advises the American government to not be indifferent to victims of injustices, he also hopes that people in the twenty first century will be indifferent. The entire basis of this speech was to evoke emotions in the audience to effect change, so Wiesel uses a lot of pathos to support his ideas. He is attempting to get these politicians and important societal figures to listen to what he is saying and show compassion to the victims of injustice all over the world. In the introduction
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