Nelson Mandela Essay

1684 Words May 7th, 2014 7 Pages
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others” (Newsone.com). Courage is a word filled with many connotations. Courage is to stand your ground and look fear in the face and overcome the impossible. One cannot face their fears or show anyone can be a hero, but it is the courageous and brave hearted acts of a person that separates them from other amateurs that cannot fit the description. Nothing in life is free or comes without working hard to make something happen. In order to be courageous, a person should have bravery, perseverance, and honesty Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa, did not choose to take an easy walk to freedom. Mandela is …show more content…
Through his life and experiences "he has undeniably made mistakes, based on a stubborn belief in himself. Yet his stature and integrity remain such that these failings tend to enhance rather than diminish his humanity" (Brink). Everyone makes mistakes, but it takes a true man of courage to rise and continue to move forward for himelf and the greater good.
Men and women of power or high recognition are usually judge by their background and where they came from. The background, family life, and life experiences of a person can help them discover what they want to accomplish in life whether it’s overcoming their past or trying to help others. Born and raised in South Africa, "Rolihlahla Mandela was born in Transkei, South Africa on 18 July 1918 and was given the name of Nelson by one of his teachers when he was in school in Britain” .(Biography Channel). Nelson Mandela was raised in a home with a family that was always working towards a better future. As a child, "Hearing the elder’s stories of his ancestor’s valor during the wars of resistance, he dreamed also of making his own contribution to the freedom struggle of his people " (Sampson). From a child and during his education, he was able to establish firm beliefs and willpower to be able to help other by listening to his family. Nelson grew up looking at the struggles of his people and was determined to help. Nelson Mandela knew what he wanted to do from

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