Argumentative Essay On The Berlin Wall

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The Berlin Wall was a barrier constructed by the German Democratic Republic on 13 August 1961. Its purpose was to keep Western “fascists” from entering East Germany and undermining the socialist state, but it mainly served the objective of stopping mass defections from East to West. In November 9, 1989, the head of the East German Communist Party announced that citizens of the East German could cross the border whenever they pleased. Right at that moment, ecstatic crowds swarmed the wall. Some crossed freely into West Berlin, while others brought hammers and picks and began to chip away at the wall. To this day, the Berlin Wall remains one of the most powerful and enduring symbols of the Cold War (History, 2013).
In this picture you see a guy wearing a black leather jacket, black pants and boots. He is holding a big sledgehammer and is hitting the wall with it, in the opening parts of the wall that he had cracked there are water being shot right at his face. On the other side of the wall are the East Germans who using water cannons to prevent him to breaking down the wall. Around this guy you see people gathered together, shouting and cheering him up to continue banging the wall. They also have a sledgehammer in their hand, and in the background it is another guy climbing up the wall, trying to get over it as well.
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(Durmatech, 2012). The photographer’s credibility is high; the photo was an accurate representation of the political climate in Germany at that time. This photo was published in a prominent publication around the world such as TIME. In this photo you see the desire of a man with just a hammer in his hands, pushing himself through all the water that is hitting him directly, his power of determination of tearing this wall down and finish the separation of the German

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