Perils Of Indifference By Elie Wiesel Analysis

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Lebensuwertes Leben, German for “life unworthy of life”. From early on in WWII, the Nazi policy was to murder the individuals that they felt were unimportant in society. Elie Wiesel is a Holocaust survivor and author of the memoir, Night. Night, describes in detail his life during the Holocaust and the sacrifices he made when he was there. He is also well known for his White House speech, Perils of Indifference. The speech described how he felt about the experience and how people could have done something different to help the Jews. I believe the book, Night, was more effective in getting his message across about the expereince he endured and the Holocaust event.
Night, is an inspiring memoir written by Elie Wiesel. The memoir is a depiction
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Elie was able to educate his listeners by creating modern connections throughout the speech that delivered a mood/tone about the situation of what had happened before, after, and during the Holocaust. Creating modern connections in any paper, book or speech is important because it can help the audience understand what is happening and can help them relate it to things they may be going through in their life. An example of a modern connection he made in his speech includes, “Of course, indifference can be tempting -- more than that, seductive” (Wiesel). Although he did not directly say that he was talking about his Holocaust experience, we can infer that he was relating indifference to the rest of the world that knew about the Jews and still did nothing because they were not apart of it or feeling the physical pain. This is a modern connection because people can relate to others being indifferent through everyday situations like, bullying or someone dropping their things in the hall or even someone sitting alone at lunch. Although this is on a much smaller scale than the Holocaust, the connection can still be made about being indifferent in difficult situations. Throughout the video of Elie’s speech at the White House, his bodily and facial expressions are defined and the watchers can infer how he felt while giving the speech as well as how he felt during his journey. Creating a tone or mood using body and facial expressions is important when giving a speech because it keeps the listeners

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