Analysis Of Long Walk To Freedom By Nelson Mandela

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The influential man In the excerpts pulled from the autobiography “Long walk to Freedom” by Nelson Mandela, he gives an account of the events that took place in the time during which he is incarcerated to his release. It is in this time that he perseveres through many obstacles that would have him gain his freedom in a way where he would not get the change he was initially arrested for. This is also a time where Mandela gains an immense amount of power making him a very influential man. The way he gains his power and influence is done in a manner such that during his time in prison he would advocate for the rights of black South Africans, never selling out to the aparthied for his freedom, acknowledge the necessity for the ANC’s use of weapons, …show more content…
It occurs precisely when he is negotiating with the regime that the group decides to give Mandela opportunity after opportunity to be released from prison. However, the catch in these opportunities would be that Mandela would stop fighting the apartheid and he would be safe from any other punishments that they would hand out. This is something Mandela would refuse. A prime example of this occurs when Mandela talks about a Parliament debate where his name was brought up and states “…the state president publically offered me my freedom if unconditionally rejected violence as a political measure” (Mandela, 454). It is from that offer; Mandela refuses the offer and responds in a letter that would be publically read aloud by his daughter. Mandela would do this because he knew that the offer was a way in which to cause a commotion within the ANC involving him and the other leaders. In responding the way he did, it shows that Mandela is undying in his effort to obtain change for the black people of South Africa, which is how he gains the followers he does. Thus, showing how by never selling out to the apartheid gives Mandela power and …show more content…
This is acknowledged when Mandela is interviewed by the U.S newspaper Washington times and states about nonviolent protests “South Africa was a police state with a constitution that enshrined inequality and an army that responded to nonviolence with force” (Mandela, 453). In stating this quote it shows how necessary he finds weaponry to be because he knows that there is no other way to make a point than to combat violence with violence. Mandela further propels the necessity of the ANC use of weapons by sympathizing with the lost casualties of the violence but explaining it’s a part of the cause. This occurs when he talks about his organizations car bombing from which he states “The killing of civilians was a tragic accident… But as disturbed as I was by these casualties, I knew that such accidents were the inevitable consequence of the decision to embark on a military struggle” (Mandela, 451). In stating this, Mandela shows compassion towards his people which gives him even more power by acknowledging how he cares about his people making him even more influential. However, the biggest characteristic that Mandela holds to be true that gives him a large amount of power is his belief that freedom is achieved when everyone is

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