Elie Wiesel’s speech The Perils of Indifference, given at the White House on April 12 1999 was fantastic. The speech was given by Wiesel in such a way that the listener could feel what he felt. Wiesel’s speech was nothing short of a phenomenal take on the indifference that has developed in the world.
Elie Wiesel’s had more than enough ethos in his speech. Wiesel easily establishes credibility due to the fact that he has experienced such an injustice in his lifetime that most of people will never be able to fathom. He delivers the speech clearly and effectively in a way that there is no doubt that the words he speaks must be truth. As a listener, Wiesel makes it nearly impossible not to relate and feel what he feels as he speaks of a matter that is clearly dear to his heart. The tone in which he delivers the speech, although not the loudest, makes it very intense and easy to engage.
Wiesel shows a great display of logos in his speech as well. He uses specific examples and event throughout the speech that support his stance on indifference. Also most people know that the information he refers to is reliable because of how well the events are recorded and communicated in the world. I don’t believe there is any better way to have justified and supported his speech than how he did.
In addition Wiesel’s pathos was spot on. He connects with the listener on an emotional level unlike any other speech I have had the privilege of hearing. These feelings however are not just fluffy momentary feelings. After hearing this speech the idea of indifference and its effect on the world is embedded in the listeners mind or furthermore their heart. The solution given to the proposed problem in this speech is not something that is clearly defined. I would propose that Wiesel challenges the listener in his speech to make their own solution.
This speech given by Elie Wiesel is by far one of the best given in history and for good reason. Wiesel does an excellent...