Weisel Perils of Indifference Essay

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Indifference as Punishment In order to prevent future atrocities Wiesel gets his audience to see indifference not only as a sin but also as a punishment by enabling the audience to recognize indifference and its perils through depression that transforms into guilt and changes into hope. Indifference is what Elie Wiesel states as one of the greatest misfortunes and setbacks of modern society. He illustrates that indifference is dangerous by emphasizing the impact of societal consequence. He conveys this message initially through pathos by forcing the audience into a state of depression. Postulating that indifference is a dangerous road, he wants the reader to understand that indifference can have unintended consequences that will eventually lead to atrocities. He starts putting the reader into this mind set by asking, “ what will the legacy of this vanishing century be?” (Wiesel 533). Wiesel wants to engulf the reader in a cone of tumultuous emotions so that they may be cautious and vigilant against the evils of irrelevance. He provides many examples of how indifference is dangerous and how indifference can bring about the demise of civilized society. The capacity for society to revert back into accepting atrocities is why Wiesel’s formulates his speech to caution the audience. When Wiesel states that, “these failures have cast a dark shadow over humanity” (Wiesel 533), he is implying that these moments of darkness in history have been justified in people’s minds. Humanity’s illusion is that this was just brief periods in the past that will not happen again. That is the confusion that Wiesel hopes to discard through his speech by informing the audience through multiple examples of indifference. He induces a state of depression to make the audience receptive to his persuasion through pathos. Clarifying the definition of the word indifference, Wiesel

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