Compare And Contrast Long Walk To Freedom And Mahatma Gandhi

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“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” - Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela was a human rights activist for South Africa. “Live like you could die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” - Mahatma Gandhi. Mahatma Gandhi was an activist for human rights in India. The two people I will be talking about are Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, who were both activists for human rights in their countries. Even though Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela both worked in different countries, they both fought for human rights. Even though Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi had books made about them and showed how much people looked up to them, Long Walk to Freedom showed how much Nelson Mandela …show more content…

But, when he struggled to defend human rights’, he realized something. That not even the people who take away a man’s freedom, are not free. When Mandela went to prison, his view on human rights’ changed. He started to realize that he wasn’t the only one not free, that everyone else around was not free either. In paragraph ten it says, “It was during those long and lonely years that my hunger for the freedom of my own people became a hunger for the freedom of all people, white and black. I knew as well as I knew anything that the oppressor must be liberated just as surely as the oppressed. A man who takes away another man’s freedom is a prisoner of hatred, he is locked behind the bars of prejudice and narrow-mindedness.” “A man who takes away another man’s freedom is a prisoner of hatred,” this talks about everyone is not free. Not even the people who are taking away another man’s freedom. It’s a never ending cycle of oppressed and oppressors. But, in paragraph 7, it talks about have two obligations. “In life, every man has twin obligations—obligations to his family, to his parents, to his wife and children; and he has an obligation to his people, his community, his country. In a civil and humane society, each man is able to fulfill those obligations according to his own inclinations and abilities… I did not in the beginning choose to place my people above my family, but in attempting to serve my people, I found that I was prevented from serving my obligations as a son, a brother, a father, and a husband.” Mandela struggled to be with his family when he fought for human rights. He lost touch with his family when he served the people of South

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