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Anthony Bonanni Bonanni 1 Professor Schild English 0802 14 September 2010 Evaluation of Gandhi and the Concept of Non-Violence Nonviolence is better than violence, but violence is necessary when the only other option is cowardice. Gandhi was an strong believer of nonviolence. He viewed violence as a cowardly way of getting what you wanted from people. He also thought that violence is no way to get back at anyone, because all it does is cause more anger and problems when you are trying to solve problems. He supports this idea by saying in his essay The Doctrine of the Sword I, “But I believe that nonviolence is infinitely superior to violence, forgiveness is more manly than punishment.” (454). This shows how Gandhi viewed nonviolence and how he thought that the best way to settle problems is to forgive people and to work things out verbally. Gandhi also thought that violence was acceptable in certain situations. He refers to violence in defense of yourself or a loved one as being honorable or being brave. Contrary to Gandhi, Petra Kelly had a more drastic view on nonviolence, as explained in her essay, Nonviolent Social Defense. Her main point in this essay is that she wants to completely disarm all military programs, and wants to use boycotting and civil disobedience as ways of defense from enemies. Gandhi has a much more practical view than Petra Kelly on how humanity should deal with situations that usually result in violence.
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Bonanni 2 In Gandhi’s essays, The Doctrine of the Sword I and The Doctrine of the Sword II, he talks a lot about how he does not like violence in most situations, but he also mentions that it is acceptable sometimes. Gandhi argues that violence can never disappear from human nature completely, and that it has to be used as a form of self defense. There is no way you can defend yourself from someone who was brought up to be violent while they are attacking you. You
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This note was uploaded on 03/29/2011 for the course ENG 0802 taught by Professor Harrison during the Fall '08 term at Temple.

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