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“Keep Memory Alive” by Elie Wiesel
Literary Analysis—Persuasive Writing A
Position:
Example 1
Being silent about injustice
helps people ignore it.
Claim
Many people in the world knew
about the Holocaust and
remained silent.
Support
Technique or
Rhetorical Device
Effectiveness
Restatement: “Neutrality
helps the oppressor, never the
victim. Silence encourages the
tormentor, never the tormented.”
The short statement and its
repetition are memorable and
reinforce Wiesel’s argument
against silence.
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Example 2
“Keep Memory Alive” by Elie Wiesel
Reading—Persuasive Speech A
Example
Effect
repeats “I remember” several
times
emphasizes the main message of
keeping memory alive
Repetition
Parallelism
Restatement
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