Outline-Perils of indifference, Elie Weisel

February 27, 2011


  • Intro- Elie Weisel, author of Perils of Indifference, has used his real life experience, along with his ability use the three forms of rhetorical appeal to captivate his audience and leaves their heart and mind dwelling on his message.
  1. Introduction to the author, and when and whom the speech was given.
  • Elie Weisel, born-1928, young Jewish boy from the Carpathian Mountains, rescued from a concentration camp.
  • Speech Given April 12, 1999 in Washington DC to various dignitaries including President and Mrs. Clinton, members of the Congress, and Ambassador Holbrooke.
  1. Thesis Statement- Are humans capable of change? Are we as a society capable of change? In his Speech “Perils of Indifference”, Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel uses logic (logos) and emotion (pathos) to confront Americans on their resolve to change. Using these appeals to the reader’s character, also known as ethos.
  • Section 1: Logos are used in the Perils of Indifference to Appeal to the reader’s logic.
  1. Explain how the writer uses logos in the piece, appealing to the reader’s logic.
  2. Define logos, and why a writer would want to appeal to a readers logic.
  • Section 2: Weisel used pathos to draw on the reader’s emotions. “Perils of Indifference” is an extremely emotional piece due to its subject matter.
  1. Explain how the writer utilizes pathos in the speech to draw on the reader emotions.
  2. Define Pathos, and talk about how emotionally charged literature grabs the readers attention and makes them take notice.
  • Sections 3: Ethos are a rhetorical appeal used to draw in the reader’s character. Weisel uses Ethos to question whether the reader is practicing indifference in their own lives.
  1. Explanations of how the author uses Ethos in the speech to draw to the reader’s character.
  2. Define ethos, and touch on how this affects a reader by making them feel as if their character is in question.
  • Conclusion: Elie Weisel is a very talented writer and orator. His work has affected many people around the world. He has also won many awards including the Nobel Peace Prize.
  1. Describe how using rhetorical appeals have helped Weisel become so successful.
  2. Bring together all points and wrap up paper

One Response to “Outline-Perils of indifference, Elie Weisel”

  1. monica_norris Says:

    It looks like you’ve got a good start on this. Be sure to bring in examples from the text of the different techniques.

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