DESCRIPTIVE ESSAY WRITING ASSIGNMENT 1:
Write an essay describing a famous figure in history. Choose 2 characteristics to describe the figure. Follow the steps of the writing process.
PART A. Plan your essay before you write by filling in the following chart.
Mohandas K. Gandhi was a visionary leader from India who propagated non-violence and civil disobedience as a means to freedom from the rule of Great Britain, which had colonized the Indian sub-continent.
Topic sentence 1
A hallmark of Gandhi’s preaching and practices is the concept of nonviolence (ahimsa).
Topic sentence 2
Gandhi represented the commons, and voiced their concerns as if they were his own.
PART B. Write your essay here. Make sure each topic sentence is developed in one body paragraph and supported by details. Use transitions to connect your ideas. Edit your essay when done.
A hallmark of Gandhi’s preaching and practices is the concept of nonviolence
(ahimsa). Whenever he faced any problems or was down in the pits, he would think
of those times in history when the way of love and peace had won their way. Through
the history of civilization, there have been tyrants, but they have law has failed.
Ultimately, peace has prevailed through the voice of the common man by means of
love. He was of the opinion, that ends do not justify means. no poor or destitute
Could ever justify the cause of violence, whether it being done against him or to
protect him thus a hunger strike was the most violent thing that he could ever
indulge into, in which the only being that would be harmed would be himself. He
thought that there could be many reasons for which a person would be willing to give
away his life, but there could be no reason in which a person would be asked to take
one’s life. Gandhi knew that knew that his beliefs required immense faith and
courage, which obviously everyone does not possess. Nonviolence would primarily
refer to as acting in peace, through which he finally liberated India from the British.
Gandhi represented the commons, and voiced their concerns as if they were
his own. His simplicity, honesty and conviction were the hallmark of the leadership
that he envisaged within himself. Modern theories of leadership may find it very
difficult to find a parallel to the school of thought that Gandhi advocated. His
methods were easily to explain, but difficult to follow. Gandhism was not just a
political construct. it was a phenomenon that is very closely associated with the type
of personality that he embodied. This in turn implies that even if one wants,
becoming a Gandhi is not that easy. This definition of self is crucial to modern
schools of thought of management that attempt to understand what leadership is.
For a person like Gandhi, who fails to consider that he is anything unless he is at the
line of truth, speaks of a level of self-control that many modern managers could only
dream about. Here, we see everyday challenges that would drive us into the domain
of distress and we tend to lose control over our daily mundane chores. But for a
person like Gandhi, success and satisfaction seem imperative because he has
entwined himself to the concept of truth.
Therefore, the greatest achievement of Gandhi remains, that even his
adversaries found his character and principles worth the praise. Despite having spent
time in jail and under political persecution, Gandhi has the strength and will to
be instrumental in the creation of India in 1947. a feat which can match the
greatest of achievement of any leader. His strength was that he used to lead by
example, and thus the followers could see a sense of purpose, honesty and
commitment in a man, who would probably go down as the most humble yet
dynamic person in the history of leadership studies.