Themes in the Writings of King and Mandela
This paper discusses the common themes in "Letter from Birmingham Jail" by Martin Luther King Jr. and "I am Prepared to Die" by Nelson Mandela
# 16523 | 665 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2002 |
Published on Jan 24, 2003 in African-American Studies (1950-Present) , History (African) , History (Leaders) , English (Comparison) , African-American Studies (Civil Rights)
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This paper compares and contrasts the styles and themes frond in Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail" and Nelson Mandela's "I am Prepared to Die." Some of the topics discussed include prejudice, white supremacist attitudes, the use of non-violence to achieve your goals and that freedom will not be given unless it is demanded by those who are oppressed. The paper points out that although the messages are similar, they were written for different reasons. King's was written to explain his mission and his message, to the white clergy to chastise them for their neglect and condemnation of his actions, while Mandela's was written to defend the charges brought against him before a court of law and to explain his actions. According to the paper, these two men have become symbolic with the fight for freedom and equal rights.
From the Paper:"Although, the message is the same in each work, they are written to different audiences and from different reference of perspective. King's letter is written to his fellow clergymen, directing his remarks to the white clerical population, Christian and Jewish communities. It was written to explain his mission and his message, as well as a chastisement for not only their neglect, but for their condemnation of King's actions. Mandela's work was addressed to the court as a legal defense case. It was written to defend the charges brought against him before a court of law and to explain his actions. King's work is cited with biblical references, such as, "just as the Apostle Paul left his village of Tarsus and carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to the far corners of the Greco-Roman world, so am I compelled to carry the gospel of freedom beyond my own home town."
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