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Chelsea Reizner English 111 Elie Wiesel: “The Perils of Indifference” Elie Wiesel the author of the speech “The Perils of Indifference,” uses rhetorical appeal throughout his writing. Elie Wiesel is a Jewish Holocaust survivor and an author. In his speech on indifference he speaks to the American people specifically the president and the American soldiers. The message of indifference that the author is trying to persuade is that indifference may seem safe and harmless but it is indifference that has caused millions of deaths and it is indifference that will cause millions more in the future. The biggest strategy he uses is bringing up common ground and pathos. Elie Wiesel uses rhetorical and stylistic appeals throughout his speech like pathos, ethos, and common ground. In his opening paragraph he sets up a background for the rest of the speech. He opens with a young boy set free a day earlier. The young boy is himself. The way he tells the story in third person is also a way to catch the audience’s attention. When he describes the boy having no joy in his heart trigger the audience’s emotions because the one thing that he wanted in his life was freedom and when he finally gets it, he is still not happy. He then describes the American soldiers who saved him. Without understand the language they spoke he could still pick up on the rage in their eyes, and for that he was gracious. His gratuity towards the American soldiers also creates the opening to the rest of his speech. I think this is a smart tactic because he sets up the story for the audience so they know where he is going and is intrigued to hear more. In the second paragraph Elie thanks the American people and the president for freeing him. He then goes off on a tangent about gratitude and then continues by thanking Hilary Clinton, or Mrs. Clinton, for everything she is doing in the world to save the children and the
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2008 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Heidimckee during the Spring '08 term at Miami University.

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