Analysis Of John Ruskin's The Gettysburg Speech

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He finally jumped. On September 22, 2010, Tyler Clementi, an eighteen year old student at Rutgers University, committed suicide after jumping to his death from the George Washington Bridge in New York City. John Ruskin asserts, “What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.” According to his view, Ruskin believes in the importance of not only lifting people up with thoughts, knowledge, or beliefs, but also acting upon them. If someone would have attempted to help Tyler, he would still be alive. Whether the outcome is positive or negative, I believe people who act upon words can be the solution. Even though others may believe words are enough, history has proven otherwise. In “The Gettysburg Address”, Abraham Lincoln chose to encourage the citizens to put forth every effort in order to raise America’s standards. …show more content…
The United States of America has seen many great leaders that have left their mark on the nation. Martin Luther King Jr. believed in being not only a voice for the black community, but also following through with his words. King, locked up in Birmingham Jail, Alabama, expresses in his letter how his community’s movements were not accomplished without morals. He wanted the people to see or try and understand the thought process that went into their actions. Many of his followers asked themselves, “Are you able to accept the blows without retaliating?” “Are you able to endure the ordeal of Jail?” King knew what he was getting himself into, however the power of keeping his words in accomplishing a change meant enough to him. Going to jail had far reaching effects due to the fact that even fifty years later people still refer back to his letter for its bluntness with what the black community was living. Although it did not have an immediate solution, King was purposeful in making a stand for his

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