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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?


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


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


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.


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

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