Comparative Analysis - Elie Wiesel and Hilary Rodham Clinton By Chania Baldwin
The two speeches orated by Elie Wiesel and Hilary Rodham Clinton were delivered in 1995 to influence change. Wiesel’s, ‘Listen to the silent screams’ was delivered at Auschwitz. World leaders and survivors listened as he influenced the audience to act upon racial hatred and religious extremism. Clinton delivered her speech at the United Nations 4th conference on Women’s Rights Plenary Session in Beijing. This is ironic given China’s poor record for human rights violations, particularly against females. Delegates and women from all over the world came to hear her rebuttal, ‘Women’s rights are human rights’. Both Wiesel’s and Clinton’s speeches are relevant today as both their aspirations of human rights for all have not yet been fully realised. Both speakers broadcast their message by addressing the audience through exhibiting their authority and rhetorical devices.
Both speakers establish authority and credibility for themselves as speakers and for their cause in different ways. Wiesel is authoritative as he has lived through the Holocaust, whereas Clinton is authoritative as she is an active feminist. Wiesel addresses his audience by using personal pronouns to create equality, “I speak to you as a man, who 50 years and nine days ago had no name, no hope, no future and was known only by his number, A7713”. This statistical information shows the formality of the occasion and establishes that being in Auschwitz has influenced his view on humanity. He “has seen what humanity has done to itself by trying to exterminate an entire people and inflict suffering and humiliation and death on so many others.” Wiesel does not specifically identify one group of people for doing this; he influences the audience to understand whole of humanity was responsible for Auschwitz. Contrastingly, Clinton establishes her authority by being female, by being indefatigable, and by speaking to and for women...
...The book Night, by Holocaust survivor ElieWiesel, gives a firsthand account of the events that took place. Several recurring themes, motifs, and symbols are used by Wiesel to show the beliefs and ultimate moral decline that enveloped the minds of many Jewish survivors.
In reaction to the book Night by ElieWiesel I can truly say that I am shocked and appalled by the fact that the Nazi guards got away with committing such atrocities to their Jewish prisoners such as what they did in this book. In the book the Nazi guards dehumanized their Jewish prisoners by both taking away their rights as human beings, and by treating them like animals.
In the book ElieWiesel writes on pag 24, "There are 80 of you in the car, the German officer added, if any one of you goes missing, you will all be shot like dogs." In this quote ElieWiesel shows just how ruthless the Germans could be in their task of deporting the Jews, it also shows just how cruel the Germans were to their prisoners, they packed them into cattle cars 80 at a time and referred to them as "dogs". In referring to the Jews as dogs the Germans dehumaized the Jews by not treating them as human, but as animals.
Another passage where we see dehumanization was when on page 37 ElieWiesel writes on how the first concentration camp changed the prisoners, "In a few seconds,...
...• Hillary Diane Rodham was born at Edgewater Hospital in Chicago, Illinois
• She was raised in a United Methodist family, first in Chicago and then, from the age of three, in suburban Park Ridge, Illinois
• Her father, Hugh Ellsworth Rodham (1911–1993)
• Her mother, Dorothy Emma Howell (1919–2011)
• Hillary grew up with two younger brothers, Hugh and Tony
• In the late spring of 1971, she began dating Bill Clinton, also a law student at Yale
• She still harbored doubts about marriage, concerned that her separate identity would be lost and that her accomplishments would be viewed in the light of someone else's
• Hillary Rodham and Bill Clinton bought a house in Fayetteville in the summer of 1975, and Hillary finally agreed to marry.
• Their wedding took place on October 11, 1975, in a Methodist ceremony in their living room.
• announced she was keeping the name Hillary Rodham, to keep their professional lives separate and avoid apparent conflicts of interest and because "it showed that I was still me," although her decision upset their mothers
• In August 1974, Rodham moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas, and became one of only two female faculty members in the School of Law at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
• 1982. During her husband's campaign, Rodham began to use the name Hillary Clinton
• In 1979, Rodham...
...Independent Reading and Writing 1
Aaron, David Miller. "If Hillary Clinton had won in 2008, what would her foreign policy have looked like?" Opinion: The Washington Post 15 Aug. 2014. Web. 27 Aug. 2014. .
If Hillary Clinton had won in 2008, what would her foreign policy have looked like?
Summary: Due to Hillary Clinton publically criticized President Obama’s foreign policy in interview with the Atlantic, voters had been raising questions that if HilaryClinton had won in 2008 and had been the one in the Oval Office since 2009, what would her foreign policy be and how much different would it be than President Obama’s.
1. 1) Adamantly 2) “And in the Atlantic interview, she was adamantly against the idea that Iran has a right to enrich uranium” 3) ADV 4) Definition: utterly unyielding in attitude or opinion in spite of all appeals, urgings, etc.
2. 1) Bilateral 2) “After the sultan of Oman offered Clinton a back channel for secret bilateral diplomacy, it was her State Department, specifically Bill Burns and Jake Sullivan, that staffed it on the U.S. side.” 3) ADJ 4) pertaining to, involving, or affecting two or both sides, factions, parties, or the like: a bilateral agreement; bilateral sponsorship.
3. 1) Meddling 2) “As for Ukraine, put Clinton in Obama’s shoes during the past several months of Putin’s adventurism in Crimea and his meddling in...
...By: Lee A. Zito
Death is an experience that I hardly think about. Whether it concerns my family, friends, or myself, death is something in which I have ultimately no thought of in my day to day life. For ElieWiesel, during his stay in a Nazi Concentration Camp, death was everywhere. Death was upon his family, friends, and lingered heavily upon him throughout his time spent as a prisoner at various concentration camps. In his world death was reality, death was everyday life. Death was even in the air as crematoriums burned the dead up into ashes. What I found so profoundly amazing within Wiesel's book, Night, was the realness of something as a fortunate young adult I have never had to consider. That is death.
As a teenager during the early 1940's in Sighet, Romania, Eliezer had a firm belief in God. He yearned to study mysticism in his Jewish religion and deepen his knowledge of the Holy Books despite his father's constant reminder that he was still to young and that there was no one in Sighet to teach him the Cabbala. Frustrated and desperate for a teacher, Eliezer meets Moshe the Beadle. Moshe asks Eliezer thought provoking questions and intends to help him deepen his knowledge of his religion. But this does not last, soon Moshe is deported with others to a concentration camp where he is shot in the leg and taken for dead. With tremendous luck he escapes from the Germans and returns to Sighet to warn the Jews. No one believes him, not even...
As a survivor of the inhumane, annihilating Holocaust, ElieWiesel once said, “Having survived by chance, I was duty–bound to give meaning to my survival.”(“Having Survived”1). ElieWiesel did not know at the time that he had a reason for surviving this tragedy, but soon realized that he survived to offer a story and message about the horrors of that time to a world that often seemed to block it out completely and forget (“Having Survived”1).To spread his message to the world, which is one of peace, redemption, and human nobleness, Wiesel speaks all over the world as a public orator. (“ElieWiesel” 3). ElieWiesel, an influential speaker and writer of the 1940s to present times, helped to render a further understanding of the abomination of The Holocaust through eloquence and deep thought, elaborate actions, and most of all, his strong traditional values.
ElieWiesel, a strong, courageous man, was subject to onerous acts in his childhood, yet in his present day, he discusses topics, such as hatred, all around the world with teenagers and adults(“Having Survived” 1). Born in Sighet, Transylvania on September 30, 1928, Wiesel lived an unexampled childhood(Berenbaum 2). In a lecture, he once said, “When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy.. Wherever men or women are persecuted...
A Personal Encounter at the Hands of Indifference
Nobel Peace Prize winner, renowned scholar, and author of over fifty books, ElieWiesel is a name with worldwide recognition. In addition to his literary and scholarly accomplishments, Wiesel is also recognized as an eminent champion and defender of human rights for both the work he has done in the field, as well as his own status as a Holocaust survivor (“ElieWiesel”). Wiesel believes indifference, or the lack of sympathy towards others, as being the devastating culprit in dividing humanity. In this rhetorical analysis of Wiesel’s speech “The Perils of Indifference” I will explain how Wiesel uses the concepts of ethos, logos, pathos, and other rhetorical devices to make this a powerful and timeless speech in hopes to eliminate indifference in the next millennium to come.
ElieWiesel delivered his speech, The Perils of Indifference, on April 22, 1999, at the White House as a part of the Millennium Lecture Series, hosted by President and First Lady Clinton. In his speech, Wiesel expounds on the meanings and repercussions of human indifference. He uses his own personal story as a holocaust survivor to expose this. The purpose of this speech is to encourage people everywhere to abandon indifference in the face of crisis, now and forever....
“One day as I was looking in a mirror, I didn’t recognize myself…I then decided that since everything changes—even the face in the mirror changes—someone must speak about that change. Someone must speak about the former and that someone is I. I shall not speak about all the other things but I should speak, at least, about that face and that mirror and that change. That’s when I knew that I was going to write.”
ElieWiesel in Conversation with ElieWiesel
“I owe them my roots and memory. I am duty-bound to serve as their emissary, transmitting the history of their disappearance, even if it disturbs, even if it brings pain. Not to do so would be to betray them, and thus myself.”
ElieWiesel, “Why I Write,” in Confronting the Holocaust: The Impact of ElieWiesel
One of the primary themes or messages ElieWiesel said he has tried to deliver with Night is that all human beings have the responsibility to share with others how their past experiences have changed their identity and how those experiences affect others. Wiesel believes that, in order to understand the true impact of the Holocaust, survivors like himself must serve as messengers to current and future generations by “bearing witness” to the events of the Holocaust and by explaining how those events changed each individual’s...
Remarks to the U.N. 4th World Conference on Women Plenary Session
Delivered 5 September 1995, Beijing, China
AUTHENTICITY CERTIFIED: Text version below transcribed directly from audio and edited for continuity
Thank you very much, Gertrude Mongella, for your dedicated work that has brought us to this point, distinguished delegates, and guests: I would like to thank the Secretary General for inviting me to be part of this important United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women. This is truly a celebration, a celebration of the contributions women make in every aspect of life: in the home, on the job, in the community, as mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, learners, workers, citizens, and leaders. It is also a coming together, much the way women come together every day in every country. We come together in fields and factories, in village markets and supermarkets, in living rooms and board rooms. Whether it is while playing with our children in the park, or washing clothes in a river, or taking a break at the office water cooler, we come together and talk about our aspirations and concern. And time and again, our talk turns to our children and our families. However different we may appear, there is far more that unites us than divides us. We share a common future, and we are here to find common ground so that we may help bring new dignity and respect to women and girls all over the world, and in so doing bring...