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The Perils of Indifference

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Daria Holt

on 9 September 2013

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Transcript of The Perils of Indifference

The Perils of Indifference
Rebecca Ford, Daria Bertilli
Speech was given on April.12,1999 in Dc. Elie Wiesel was a holocaust survivor. Wiesel is also an author of a book named "Night", the reason on why he was chosen to speak in DC.
Elie Wiesel uses the technique of pathos in his speech in the beginning when he talks about his life when he was younger. This is pathos because he was starting to tap into people's emotions, and he brings up things from his childhood that definitely made the crowd mellow, by telling that. It created a gloom of sadness upon the people in the audience.
Wiesel used logos in his speech by bringing up history. He talked about what happened to him when he was in concentration camps. He also brought up how now days people don't step in to help when they see things happen. Things happen, as if they didn't care. They just stand by and watch all the bad things that happen. "And now we knew, we learned, we discovered that the Pentagon knew, the State Department knew.
In the speech of The Perils of Indifference, Wiesel uses ethos
by greeting the people whom he is talking to by saying, "Mr. President, Mrs. Clinton, members of Congress, Ambassador Holbrooke, Excellencies, friends". By greeting them, he's begins to build creditability, and trust. Also he is sharing common thought between him and his audience. By doing so, he is showing them that he understands what the are thinking, and that he thinks the same thing.
Wiesel creates suspense in
this speech because of his usage of pauses he uses whenever he starts to talk about something important, or touching. Making his audience eager to listen to what he is going to say next, and makes the audience to be empathetic. This makes the speech interesting, and intense.
Free, Joy, Soldiers, Rage, Compassion, Remember , America/American, Gratitude, Judged, Shadow, War, Violence, Indifference, light and darkness, Cruelty, Sanity, Easy, Meaningless, unaware, Fear, Hunger, Thirst, punished, Ignored, God, Suffering, Inhuman, Anger, Hate
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Elie Wiesel
Although America did one good deed, there's still too much wrong that we're ignoring.
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