Mao Zedong : A Revolution Is Not A Dinner Party Essay

1275 Words Nov 17th, 2015 6 Pages
Mao Zedong and Mahatma Gandhi, two respected leaders who achieved great accomplishments during their lives. However, Mao Zedong tends to have a much more negative connotation than Mahatma Gandhi. Some will say that they are very different from each other, while others might claim that they are very similar. On an unbiased view, they are infact very different and very similar in every way. Here in this essay, you will find out everything you need to understand between the two leaders.

Mao Zedong was a powerful revolutionist who western powers who controlled China. In his arguably most famous quote, he states: “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun...” (Zedong). Mao Zedong tells how in order to grow a political movement that is successful, you need to approach violence as an answer. In The Little Red Book Mao announces: “A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery; it cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another...” (Zedong). This again is him claiming how he believes that to be successful in a revolution, that you can’t be the nice guy, that you must bring violence to show dominance. This is as opposite of an approach from Mahatma Gandhi as one can be. To Gandhi, peaceful protesting was always the answer. In the Instructions to Satyagrahis, Gandhi’s first rule…

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