Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech Analysis

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Throughout the history of mankind, people have dealt with numerous accounts of conflict. The way individuals respond to struggles reveals the personalities and different types of experiences people have encountered in the past. Humans react from their past experiences and what they grew up to learn. People have used countless ways to discriminate and oppress other groups of minorities who were inferior in race or culture, especially in times of war. During World War II in 1939, Nazi Germany, led by Adolf Hitler, committed horrendous acts of cruelty towards people of Jewish faith, homosexuals, the mentally ill, gypsies, and anybody who opposed their ideas. Due to Germany’s loss during World War I, Nazi Germany wanted someone to blame for the conflict that had arisen…show more content…
This gruesome act impaired many lives both physically and mentally, which altered the lives of the victims to the point that they will never be the same. Still, there are many individuals that manage to inspire humankind with their acts of kindness and courage. They are those who, despite hard times, rose up to help others, and created a better world for others. Three prime instances include Elie Wiesel’s “Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech”, which signifies that using the past to shape the future for the better will construct a realm of peace, Ban Ki-moon’s “In Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust” influential speech, which inspires many to use courage to abolish discrimination, and finally, Antonina in The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman, who displays compassion, which allows her to rise up to help the people desperately in need. These passages show that in times when conflict arises, it is crucial to respond with kindness by having the courage to care, speaking up against injustice by learning from the past, and using compassion and empathy to help
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