Steps Of Freedom By Nelson Mandela Essay

1063 Words Dec 8th, 2014 5 Pages
Steps to Freedom Nelson Mandela once said, “There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again until we reach the mountain tops of our desires.” (BrainyQuote) Politically an African nationalist and democratic socialist, Nelson Mandela, in his speech, “I Am Prepared to Die,” justifies the wrongful accusations he faced during his law-breaking years to create a racialism free country. Mandela’s purpose is to protect law-breaking as the unavoidable condition under which bona fide law can recommence its affiance of justice and win back the respectability and humanity of blacks in South Africa. He adopts an affirmative tone in order to show people he broke laws because he hopes to create freedom and democracy for the Africans. Mandela begins his speech to the South African residents, black and white, and to the government by recognizing that he made law-breaking mistakes trying to gain the independence and rights for all South Africans. He appeals to his audiences’ emotions by admitting to his criminal past and also states his dreams for the South African residents by saying, “I hoped then that life might offer me the opportunity to serve my people and make my own humble contribution to their freedom struggle” (Mandela). He uses the rhetorical appeal of pathos by using his own emotions to show his audience the personal struggle he has with the government and his principles to create a…

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