Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech: Rhetorical A  Licitra Period 2 Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech: Rhetorical Analysis The horrendous events that occurred during the Holocaust were  page 1
Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech: Rhetorical A  Licitra Period 2 Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech: Rhetorical Analysis The horrendous events that occurred during the Holocaust were  page 2

Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech: Rhetorical A Licitra Period 2 Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech: Rhetorical Analysis The horrendous events that occurred during the Holocaust were

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    ThehorrendouseventsthatoccurredduringtheHolocaustwerenotmeetwithempathybutinsteadthepublicbattedablindeye.InGermany,HitlerblamedtheJewsforthefinancialinstabilityofthecountry.HecontinuedontoconvincethepublicthateliminatingtheJewswouldbringthefinancialstabilitytheysodesperatelyneeded,despitethefactthattheJewishpeoplewereinnocentandhaddonenothingwrongtodeservethispunishment.Oneindividualwhoexperiencedwhattheconcentrationcampswerelikefirsthandwas,ElieWiesel:anauthor,journalist,andprofessor.Hehasdedicatedhislifetomakingsurethattheworlddoesn'tforgetwhathappenedbackinGermanyunderHitlerscontrol.Hecontinuestoencourageeveryonetogetinvolvedandtakeastandonfuturesocietalissues.

    Wieselsmessagewasunwaveringlyclear:silencecondemnsthevictimsjustasmuchasthevictimizer.Hedevelopsthisideawithplentyofemotionsdispersedthroughouthisspeech.Usingpathos,Wieselsubtlyinfluenceshisaudiencetofeeltheagonythathefeltduringthesetragiceventsandthepainthathestillfeelstodayoverlosingsomanyimportantpeopleinhislife.Noonemayspeakforthedead,noonemayinterprettheirmutilateddreamsandvisions.Wieselunderstandsthathisspeechcanonlyhonortheindividualswhowerelostbuthecantspeakontheirbehalf.Hegoesontosaythathefeelstheirexistence,Thepresenceofmyparents,thatofmylittlesister.Thepresenceofmyteachers,myfriends,mycompanions.Wieselwantedthepublictoknowthatthedeadarestillwiththemalltoday,...thattheworlddidknowandremainedsilent.Wieselmakesitapointtoconnecttohisaudienceonapersonallevel.Wieselgetshislistenerstoconsiderwhatitwouldbeliketolosetheirownfriendsandfamilytoamoralwrongandnothaveanythingdoneaboutit.OncehislistenersareimaginingthemselvesinWieselsshoes,thentheycantakeastandanddosomethingaboutthefuture.

    UsingrepetitionofwordsWieselisabletoemphasizehowimportantthismatterisandthatpeoplecannotignorewhathappened,Becauseifweforget,weareguiltyweareaccomplices.Therecurrenceofwordsdrillsintoeveryone'smindhowmeaningfulthisis.Heemphasizestheuseofwetocreateafeelingofunityandtobringtheworldtogethertofixfutureproblemsandtolookbackandlearnfromthepast.ThroughoutWiesel'sspeechhetalksabouthimselfasayoungboyandheaskssometrulypowerfulquestions,Canthisbetrue?Whowouldallowsuchcrimestobecommitted?Howcouldtheworldremainsilent?Hisuseofinterrogativesentencesmakethelistenerquestiontheirownmoralsandwhattheyhavedonetohelp.Furthermorethismakesthereaderquestionwhattheiropinionsareonmoderndayproblems.NottomentionthefactthatWieselhasstrongopinionsontheharshactionsthat

  • werecarriedoutduringtheHolocaust.Histoneslipsthroughintohiswordchoiceandsentencestructures.WhileacceptinghisawardhetalksaboutnotbeingworthyofitThehonorbelongstoallthesurvivorsandtheirchildrenand,throughustotheJewishpeoplewithwhosedestinyIhavealwaysidentified.Wieselacceptsthisawardnotforhimselfbutforeveryonethatwaslost,inhopethatnoonehastoevergothroughthestrugglethattheJewswentthrough.ThroughouthisentirespeechWieselstoneinfluenceshisviewerstonotonlythinkabouteverythingthroughhisperspectivebuttogetthemmotivatedtostopwrongdoingsinthefuture.TaskedwithacceptinganobelpeaceprizeonbehalfoftheJewishcommunity,Wieselurgesthecrowdtolooktowardsthefutureandtolearnfromtheirpastmistakes.Hisdirectivewasheardloudandclear:speakoutagainstinjustice.Standingsilentlywillnothelpthevictimbutinsteadprovokethevictimizer.Wieselcontinuedontourgehisspectatorstotakeasideandtonotbeneutral.Letthatproblembethecenterofeverything.