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Balancing of Emotions

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Acceptance Speech, Elie Wiesel, 1986
*This is Elie Wiesel’s (author of the autobiography “Night” and a Holocaust survivor) acceptance speech given in 1986 for winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

What is the effect of stating that he is both "frightened" and "pleased" in paragraphs 1-3?

A

He creates a paradox to show how humbled he is by receiving this award.

B

He recognizes that receiving this award goes beyong just "him" as a single entity, thus terrifying him and exciting him at the same time.

C

He is unsure of how to feel about this award as he does not have the right to accept it on behalf of the dead, but can for those that are living.

D

He refuses to speak for those that were murdered, and as a result can only be pleased for those that were able to survive.