The Power of the Pen Essays

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The Power of the Pen

It is said that 'the pen is mightier than the sword'. Throughout history many important leaders have demonstrated that the power of writing is stronger than the tyranny of man. These men were often incarcerated for fighting for what they believed in. Heroes like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela are a few of many who fought injustice or unfair living conditions and made a difference in the lives of their fellow men by speaking out through their writings. Jimmy Santiago Baca is also a man who has been able to change lives through his works. His short story, Coming Into Language, demonstrates the immense power of writing to give not only faith and hope, but purpose, to both an individual and an
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Gandhi refused to help Britain fight against the Nazis unless they gave India their sovereignty.

Gandhi was unjustly thrown in jail on several occasions in both South Africa and in India, and was eventually released for health reasons. His struggle led to the independence of the Indian nation. Gandhi forged the way for others throughout the world to resist oppression through non-violent resistance. This principle is fittingly encapsulated one of his well known quotations: "An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind". Gandhi was a strong believer in the power of being true to oneself and others. A passage from his autobiography, The Story of My Experiments with Truth, clearly demonstrates this ideal: "When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall — think of it, always."

Jimmy Santiago Baca was able to endure the years of isolation and torture because of the healing power that writing brought to him. He was also a believer in truth and justice and was able to achieve them through his poetry. “Words gave off rings of white energy, radar signals from powers beyond me that infused me with truth. I believed what I wrote, because what I wrote was true. My words did not come from books or textual formulas, but from

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