English Ⅱ Pre Ap- 5th
February 3rd, 2019
Elie Wiesel and the Real Meaning of Indifference
In the speech “Perils of Indifference” by Elie Wiesel, the author uses multiple DIDLS such as, Imagery, Diction, Anaphora and Rhetorical Questions. With these methods, Wiesel evokes emotions and thoughts from the reader. Throughout the speech, readers can understand the strong emotions he felt regarding the future of humanity and indifference.
As the author recalls the horrifying sights and moments from the war, he uses Diction and to help demonstrate the idea of it to the readers. Wiesel creates a strong Visual Imagery by using words such as “bloodbaths” and “assassinations”. The reason for this is for the reader to visualize how brutal the wars were. “Wrapped in their torn blankets” the use of visual imagery is to portray the disheveled looks of the prisoners as Wiesel witnessed them. He goes on to say “they no longer felt pain, hunger thirst….they were dead and did not know it.” it emphasizes the deprivation that the prisoners, and all the victims had to suffer through.
In addition, strong diction such as ‘anguish” and “despair” can help the reader understand the pain and suffering the people have gone through. Using the strong words is appealing to the reader’s mind and is creating a vivid image for the audience. The contrasting words of “infamy” and “liberated” is demonstrating the difference of before and after Wiesel was “freed” from Auschwitz. The author uses concrete words as diction for the purpose of creating an idea of what the word means.
Wiesel goes on to use Anaphora to create a rhythm, by creating a rhythm...