38 Matching Annotations
  1. Apr 2022
    1. Fifty-four years ago to the day, a young Jewish boy

      Mr. Wiesel uses the perspective of his child self to draw in the audience using pathos.

    2. infamy

      The connotation of infamy is negative, and shows the true horror of the camp.

    3. sensitive

      Connotation of sensitive is caring and helping. In this case Mr. Wiesel uses this word to show that the Christians cared about what happened and weren't indifferent even when everyone else was.

    4. anguish

      The connotation of anguish is something that hurts so much, that it is hard to say. This establishes Mr. Wiesel's stance of how he feels about president Roosevelt, which is kindness and happiness.

    5. miserable consolation

      The connotation of consolation is pity or warm comfort, but Mr. Wiesel uses miserable to describe this connotation making the word mean pitiful and lonely. He uses this to describe how others felt, including himself, when they had hope in other countries rescuing them. This creates a sorrowful and critical tone because he is talking about the sorrow of the history in an informative way.

    6. punishment

      The connotation of punishment is wrath and extreme hurt. All other paragraphs lead up to this one sentence that brings forth an impactful point that lasts in the audiences minds. This creates a declarative tone.

    7. never his victim, whose pain is magnified when he orshe feels forgotten. The political prisoner in his cell, the hungry children, thehomeless refugees — not to respond to their plight, not to relieve their solitude byoffering them a spark of hope is to exile them from human memory

      The speaker uses descriptive imagery of how the victim feels when treated indifferently and why indifference hurts others more than we think. This is the author using pathos to get the audience feeling pity and guilt for these children and victims. This creates a critical tone because his words are harsh about what happened to the victims.

    8. end

      The connotation of end means to stop or leave behind. This helps point towards the responses given towards being indifferent towards others and why it is horrible.

    9. disarm

      The connotation of disarm is to gently fight back and remove the weapon that can harm others before it does. Mr. Wiesel uses this word to show there are many ways to respond to hatred. This creates a tone of wise and declarative.

    10. vacantly

      Connotation of vacant is lonely, sad and empty. This creates a gloomy tone.

    11. seductive

      Connotation for seductive is easy and tempting. This shows how indifference is sometimes done without knowing.

    12. senseless

      Connotation of senseless is meaningless, showing that the killing and indifference is meaningless and nothing but pain will result in it.

    13. humanity

      The connotation of humanity is compassionate, sympathetic, or generous behavior. This backs up his main point that humans should not be indifferent.

    14. he remembers their rage at what they saw

      Connotation of rage is wildly emotional and uncontrollable. This rage is how someone should feel and react when seeing indifference.

    15. Liberated

      Connotation of liberated is freed or released from the horrible camp.

    16. profoundfear and extraordinary hope

      He ends his speech dramatically using an oxymoron to tug at the audiences extreme opposite feelings. Mr. Wiesel does this to make a lasting impression, prompting the audience to take action.

    17. I was here and Iwill never forget it

      Mr. Wiesel uses a hyperbole here to show that it was a very memorable moment that will be stuck in his memory for a long time.

    18. Why were they so few? Why was there agreater effort to save SS murderers after the war than to save their victims during thewar?

      He asks more rhetorical questions to make the audience question whether or not they were indifferent.

    19. What happened?I don't understand. Why the indifference, on the highest level, to the suffering of thevictims?

      He asks rhetorical questions that get the audience to think about their countries actions and why they were indifferent to begin with.

    20. Hemobilized the American people and the world, going into battle, bringing hundredsand thousands of valiant and brave soldiers in America to fight fascism, to fightdictatorship, to fight Hitler. And so many of the young people fell in battle.

      He uses imagery here to describe how great Roosevelt was, but it creates a heartbreaking and sad tone.

    21. just the railways, just once

      Repetition is used here to show the desperation the children had in being saved. He shows this by repeating "just" twice to create a sense of hopelessness and desperation.

    22. strangers to their surroundings

      Mr. Wiesel uses personification, suggesting the surroundings are strangers or people the prisoners don't know. This means the prisoners were in a state of confusion and isolation.

    23. broken heart

      Mr. Wiesel uses a hyperbole here to show how devastated people feel when seeing children in pain or abandoned because adults were indifferent to them. This helps him relate to the audience more by using pathos.

    24. Does it mean that we have learned from the past? Does it mean that society haschanged? Has the human being become less indifferent and more human? Have wereally learned from our experiences

      More rhetorical questions are used to raise even more doubt about whether or not the audience has truly learned from there mistakes and are willing to do better in the future. This creates a critical tone that's a little harsh at times.

    25. But this time, the world was not silent

      The personification of the world being silent represents everyone on the world not speaking against indifference. This implies that everyone needs to stand up and choose not to be indifferent.

    26. save those victims, those refugees, those who were uprooted by a man

      He uses repetition here to show there are many people who suffer from indifference.

    27. with hundreds ofJewish shops destroyed, synagogues burned, thousands of people put inconcentration camps. And that ship, which was already in the shores of the UnitedStates, was sent back

      Mr. Wiesel uses imagery to show many examples of indifference in other places because of the US government. This is to create a tone of guilt and it also creates pathos, which helps the audience realize what mistakes they made and how they were accidently indifferent to others.

    28. , his image in Jewish history — I must say it — his image in Jewishhistory is flawed

      Mr. Wiesel uses Repetition here to show how important Roosevelts image is and how his image is flawed in Jewish history.

    29. God is wherever we are. Even in suffering? Even in suffering

      Rhetorical question that means God is wherever we are even in suffering, helping us realize someone is always watching over us and staying with us.

    30. human being inhuman

      Mr. Wiesel uses a hyperbole here to show that being indifferent makes you a monster, or someone who doesn't care as much as the average human does.

    31. They were dead and did not know it

      A hyperbole exaggerating how the prisoners were. This creates pathos because the audience feels sad for the prisoners and maybe guilty for not helping them.

    32. It is so much easier to avoid such rude interruptionsto our work, our dreams, our hopes. It is, after all, awkward, troublesome, to beinvolved in another person's pain and despair. Yet, for the person who is indifferent,his or her neighbor are of no consequence.

      Vivid Imagery of why people are indifferent, which creates a critical and wise tone.

    33. lives are meaningless

      A hyperbole stating people who are being treated indifferently have no value. Everyone has value and are meaningful, but Mr. Wiesel states this to show how the person feels when being treated terribly.

    34. What is indifference? Etymologically, the word means "no difference." A strange andunnatural state in which the lines blur between light and darkness, dusk and dawn,crime and punishment, cruelty and compassion, good and evil

      Mr. Wiesel uses imagery here to explain to the audience what indifference is in his point of view. This is to help the audience better understand what he will be implying about indifference later.

    35. Thesefailures have cast a dark shadow over humanity

      A metaphor is used here comparing the many failures to some large object that casts a dark shadow. The meaning of this is that the failures are difficult to understand, they block the light from humanity, and it effects everyone. This creates a gloomy tone

    36. What will the legacy ofthis vanishing century be? How will it be remembered in the new millennium?

      Rhetorical questions asking what the future generations will think of them, and how will they be remembered. Will they have a legacy of being indifferent or helping others.

    37. and I am filled with a profound andabiding gratitude

      Hyperbole, he is not actually filled with gratitude, Mr. Wiesel just has a lot of it.

    38. And now, I stand before you, Mr. President

      Mr. Wiesel establishes his ethos by showing he is a holocaust survivor.