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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<ul><li><p>SophiaLicitraPeriod2</p><p>NobelPeacePrizeAcceptanceSpeech:</p><p>RhetoricalAnalysis</p><p>ThehorrendouseventsthatoccurredduringtheHolocaustwerenotmeetwithempathybutinsteadthepublicbattedablindeye.InGermany,HitlerblamedtheJewsforthefinancialinstabilityofthecountry.HecontinuedontoconvincethepublicthateliminatingtheJewswouldbringthefinancialstabilitytheysodesperatelyneeded,despitethefactthattheJewishpeoplewereinnocentandhaddonenothingwrongtodeservethispunishment.Oneindividualwhoexperiencedwhattheconcentrationcampswerelikefirsthandwas,ElieWiesel:anauthor,journalist,andprofessor.Hehasdedicatedhislifetomakingsurethattheworlddoesn'tforgetwhathappenedbackinGermanyunderHitlerscontrol.Hecontinuestoencourageeveryonetogetinvolvedandtakeastandonfuturesocietalissues.</p><p>Wieselsmessagewasunwaveringlyclear:silencecondemnsthevictimsjustasmuchasthevictimizer.Hedevelopsthisideawithplentyofemotionsdispersedthroughouthisspeech.Usingpathos,Wieselsubtlyinfluenceshisaudiencetofeeltheagonythathefeltduringthesetragiceventsandthepainthathestillfeelstodayoverlosingsomanyimportantpeopleinhislife.Noonemayspeakforthedead,noonemayinterprettheirmutilateddreamsandvisions.Wieselunderstandsthathisspeechcanonlyhonortheindividualswhowerelostbuthecantspeakontheirbehalf.Hegoesontosaythathefeelstheirexistence,Thepresenceofmyparents,thatofmylittlesister.Thepresenceofmyteachers,myfriends,mycompanions.Wieselwantedthepublictoknowthatthedeadarestillwiththemalltoday,...thattheworlddidknowandremainedsilent.Wieselmakesitapointtoconnecttohisaudienceonapersonallevel.Wieselgetshislistenerstoconsiderwhatitwouldbeliketolosetheirownfriendsandfamilytoamoralwrongandnothaveanythingdoneaboutit.OncehislistenersareimaginingthemselvesinWieselsshoes,thentheycantakeastandanddosomethingaboutthefuture.</p><p>UsingrepetitionofwordsWieselisabletoemphasizehowimportantthismatterisandthatpeoplecannotignorewhathappened,Becauseifweforget,weareguiltyweareaccomplices.Therecurrenceofwordsdrillsintoeveryone'smindhowmeaningfulthisis.Heemphasizestheuseofwetocreateafeelingofunityandtobringtheworldtogethertofixfutureproblemsandtolookbackandlearnfromthepast.ThroughoutWiesel'sspeechhetalksabouthimselfasayoungboyandheaskssometrulypowerfulquestions,Canthisbetrue?Whowouldallowsuchcrimestobecommitted?Howcouldtheworldremainsilent?Hisuseofinterrogativesentencesmakethelistenerquestiontheirownmoralsandwhattheyhavedonetohelp.Furthermorethismakesthereaderquestionwhattheiropinionsareonmoderndayproblems.NottomentionthefactthatWieselhasstrongopinionsontheharshactionsthat</p></li><li><p>werecarriedoutduringtheHolocaust.Histoneslipsthroughintohiswordchoiceandsentencestructures.WhileacceptinghisawardhetalksaboutnotbeingworthyofitThehonorbelongstoallthesurvivorsandtheirchildrenand,throughustotheJewishpeoplewithwhosedestinyIhavealwaysidentified.Wieselacceptsthisawardnotforhimselfbutforeveryonethatwaslost,inhopethatnoonehastoevergothroughthestrugglethattheJewswentthrough.ThroughouthisentirespeechWieselstoneinfluenceshisviewerstonotonlythinkabouteverythingthroughhisperspectivebuttogetthemmotivatedtostopwrongdoingsinthefuture.TaskedwithacceptinganobelpeaceprizeonbehalfoftheJewishcommunity,Wieselurgesthecrowdtolooktowardsthefutureandtolearnfromtheirpastmistakes.Hisdirectivewasheardloudandclear:speakoutagainstinjustice.Standingsilentlywillnothelpthevictimbutinsteadprovokethevictimizer.Wieselcontinuedontourgehisspectatorstotakeasideandtonotbeneutral.Letthatproblembethecenterofeverything.</p></li></ul>

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