Essay on The And Their Destructive Consequences

948 Words Mar 9th, 2016 4 Pages
Indifferences and their Destructive Consequences Five years ago a teenage girl sat down in her high school English class and opened an assigned reading book. This book titled, Night, was written by one Elie Wiesel in the 60s, fifteen years after he was freed from Buchenwald, a Nazi concentration camp. This girl hated reading books she was told to read, she felt they were a damper on her free spirit. This book though, and what it taught her changed her life for the better. Elie Wiesel, a man of many titles spoke on April 12th, 1999 at the White House to an audience including President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary. His speech was a part of the Millennium Lecture Series, speeches commemorating the past and idealizing what was to come in the future. He addressed topics such as the dark shadow hanging over the previous century, his time in the concentration camps all while urging his listeners to not repeat the mistakes of those that came before them. Throughout his speech Wiesel constantly touches on the issue of indifference and how it has affected millions of people around the world. Elie Wiesel uses stylistic techniques to persuade globally aware citizens to recognize and change their indifferent attitude. Wiesel used parallels during his speech to show the government officials in attendance his own knowledge on world events and his opinion on them. He lists what he perceives as failures from the last century in the beginning of his address and moves on to state the…

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