Gandhi's first crusade

394 mots 2 pages
It's an extract from the biography of Gandhi written by Roberts Strauss Feuerlicht . It was plublished in 1965 . It takes place in 1893 when Gandhi went to South Africa to work as legal counsel and decided to stay to lead Indian peoples's fight against discrimination .
What is Gandhi's evolution ? How did Gandhi become the leader of his fight ? How did Gandhi start his political career ? Which elements pushed Gandhi to fight for all the people's rights ?

I. The stilness of a paceful and passive man 1) Not a fighter

We can see that when he is sent out of the train , he doesn't fight back . So , he just thinks . "He dared not request" , that proof that he is not a fighter . When he "sat shivering" we can see that he respects the authorities and it's for that , that he doesn't ask for his overcoat .

2) Stylistic devices

The author uses the passive voice to show us that Gandhi is passive . We have many exemples : line 1 : "his buisness took him to Pretoria" , it's not his action . line 5 " he was ordered" line 7 "The luggage continued its journey without him" it's humoristic because we have the impression that gandhi's luggage its more active than him line 23 "Indignation has fireed his tongue"
Almost no direct speech and therefore Gandhi is shown as a passive and paceful man through the use of the passive voice .

II. The growth of a leader 1) A stubborn person

Gandhi is diplomatic , " he wrote to the company's agent , firmly insisting" . He becomes active line 23 . "He summones the local Indians to a meeting" . It's the growth of an Idea , the non violent idea . He always obtains what he wants . For exemple , after he wrote to the company's agent , he was seated inside the stage coach .

2) Stylistic devices

People ask him to be their leader . He is devoted to his task . So Gandhi is determinded . The author uses the lexical field of war with the words "crusade" line 32 and "weapons" line 33 . Gandhi only speaks once

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