Analysis Of Elie Wiesel 's Peace Prize Acceptance Speech Essay

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Speaker The speaker of this Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech is a man named Elie Wiesel. Wiesel was 58 at the time of this speech, and had an impressive education, having attained “more than 100 honorary degrees from institutions of higher learning “(Elie Wiesel). Wiesel is a Holocaust survivor who eventually became a member of the upper class with “more than 40 books” (Elie Wiesel) that have won numerous awards. The voice being heard within the text is Wiesel’s and also, every person who has experienced persecution, oppression, or discrimination. This voice is heard through the passion Wiesel has. You can especially hear it when he says things such as, “There is so much injustice and suffering crying out for our attention: victims of hunget, of racism, and political persecution, writers and poets, prisoners in so many lands governed by the Left and by the Right” (1986, Acceptance Speech). I know that the speaker is a Holocaust survivor (Elie Wiesel), and has lived through the suffering and persecution he talks about, which results in an elevated level of passion and knowledge on the subject.
Occasion
The time and place of the piece is December 10, 1986 in Oslo, Norway (Acceptance Speech) and Wiesel is accepting his Nobel Peace Prize. The event is a political celebration of the Nobel Peace Prize, which is “one of the six international awards administered by the Nobel Foundation, honors outstanding achievement in letters” (Infoplease). The context of the text is freedom…

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