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Elie Wiesel - Acceptance Speech

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Laura Beavers Laura Beavers
3 months ago
A young Jewish boy discovered the kingdom of night
Metaphor--A place of perpetual darkness. Who reigns here?
Also, detached tone/3rd person, as if remembering someone else's life
Strong before/after fracture?
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It all happened so fast. The ghetto. The deportation. The sealed cattle car.
Sentence structure mirrors the swift action it describes. Short fragments one after another.
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he fiery altar upon which the history of our people and the future of mankind were meant to be sacrificed.
another metaphor.
Sacrifice of the Jews for an Aryan "paradise"
Literally burned the bodies of Jews.
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How could the world remain silent?

Original title of Night
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And now the boy is turning to me: "Tell me," he asks. "What have you done with my future? What have you done with your life?"
Oooo, his former self speaking to his present self, reminding him of his responsibility to use the life that was spared
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Because if we forget, we are guilty, we are accomplices.
theme--cannot forget; moral obligation to remember
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Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented
parallel structure; antithesis; stark contrast
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Wherever men or women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the center of the universe.
Through collaborative focus, we could make a change
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Apartheid
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Yes, I have faith. Faith in God and even in His creation.
How did he regain his faith?
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edy to indifference: the most insidious danger of all.
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one person of integrity, can make a difference, a difference of life and death.
Duty of the reader, as well.
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that we are not forgetting them, that when their voices are stifled we shall lend them ours, that while their freedom depends on ours, the quality of our freedom depends on theirs.
theme again--not forgetting


co-dependence of the relationship between the victim and those untouched
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No one is as capable of gratitude as one who has emerged from the kingdom of night. We know that every moment is a moment of grace, every hour an offering; not to share them would mean to betray them. Our lives no longer belong to us alone; they belong to all those who need us desperately.
His life is no longer his own.
Spared from such great suffering that gratitude propels him to share his story
A voice for the voiceless--other victims who did not make it
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our survival has meaning for mankind.
all can benefit from hearing the stories of survival
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