Reflective Essay On Long Walk To Freedom

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In the autobiography Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela he takes the readers into his personal life. His childhood, the adversities he went through: being sentenced to twenty seven years in prison and the punishment he received while in prison. The autobiography has different ideas to share which makes it so powerful. Through his life he fought for what he believed in and it got him into 27 years in prison. Throughout his life he faces social inequality, fighting for human rights, and punishment. Through this he does not get much freedom, but his soul was not broken because he sacrificed for what he thought was right. Freedom is not the state of being free, freedom is achieved through all the pain that is suffered for fighting for what …show more content…
He was originally only sentenced to 4 years in prison, but instead he was sentenced to life in prison. This is an example of fighting for what is right and sacrificing oneself to do it. Mandela in the court room gave a speech about what he went through saying “During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities” (Mandela 215). Mandela has seen the dictatorship of both whites and blacks. He only wants one thing to have South Africa be free, but because of the corrupt government he knew he would not be able to have that. Mandela was serious about this because he also says “It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” (Mandela 215). The point when someone says they will die to achieve what is right for the country shows how willingly he felt about getting democracy and what he did. Mandela knew he never did anything wrong, but the minority ruling would never want to lose power so it made so to deprive him of the freedom he had and put him behind …show more content…
Nothing compared to his experience in the real world. The Protest, and trials were not as brutal as his time in prison. They treated Mandela poorly, he was forced to crush stones, wear shorts, got discriminated against. He faced similar problems in prison as he was not free. His should have been crushed because the amount of pain he suffered in the prison is unbearable to imagine. When he got out he made a strong point that shows how hard he fought in his life “When I walked out of prison that was my mission, to liberate the oppressed and the oppressor both. Some say that has now been achieved. But I know that that is not the case” (Mandela 385). While others believe that they have achieved freedom Mandela did not feel like he actually gave freedom to the people. After all he suffered and the pain he went through, only he would know when everyone had freedom. Mandela’s words are as strong as his actions and truly brings out the meaning of what freedom is “I am not truly free if I am taking away someone else’s freedom, just as surely as I am not free when my freedom is taken from me” (Mandela 385). Mandela Knew that as a president of South Africa he knew what he would not do because he wanted to make South Africa a better place. If he deprived other of freedom he would just be a hypocrite to what he was initially trying to do in his whole life on the path to liberate South

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