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Amanda Smith
COM 220
2/13/2012
Bias, Rhetorical Devices, and Argumentation Essay
“The Perils of indifference” By: Elie Weisel

I chose to read the speech made by Elie Weisel about indifference around the world today and in the past. This speech was very touching in my opinion and I believed showed examples of Bias, Rhetorical devices, and argumentation. Elie Weisel was able to connect with his listener by sharing his heartbreaking and emotional experience. He then talked about other instances where injustice occurred around the world. Elie Weisel made good arguments as to why we we do and why we cannot ignore these injustices. We must stand up and fight against those who oppress. It is so easy to ignore something happening right next to you when it does not affect you. Live and let live, don't ask don't tell, what I cant see cant hurt me...All of these things we say to ourselves to feel better about not standing up against evil. Feel better about being selfish human beings. In this essay I will discuss the different Arguments made, how these arguments and counter arguments were addressed and how effective Elie Weisel’s speech was.

Elie Weisel begins his speech using a rhetorical device and shows his bias by pulling at the heart strings of the listener. He does this by sharing his story in the third person. The story of a young boy who was just released from a Nazi concentration camp by the rage full and disgusted American Soldiers. He uses Alliteration through the beginning of this speech speaking about the rage that he and the American soldiers shared for the Nazis. This also showed the listener his bias, how could you know be bias when you experience such evil first hand. In addition, he uses alliteration by continuing to use the word gratitude throughout the beginning of the speech again. The most common thing I saw throughout his speech was Parallelism which are “sentences structured in a similar way to make it easier for the reader to...
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