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Paper 2- Gandhi and Dickens Critique of British Society Chris Kostoulas Core 101-08 11/14/07
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Mohandas Gandhi is arguably one of the most influential figures of the 20 th century. His teachings of love, compassion and virtue aided him in his quest to free India from English colonial rule. Gandhi has a profoundly critical view towards British society, exactly the type of society Charles Dickens writes about in his work, Hard Times . Dickens, like Gandhi, had ample criticisms of British society in his work. Some of these criticisms were similar to Gandhi’s and some of them varied. Both men illustrated their strong beliefs that current British society was flawed in many ways, most prominently because of the fact that British society dehumanized people into mere appendages of the machines they operated. Mohandas Gandhi portrays this belief in the text The Penguin Gandhi Reader and Charles Dickens portrays this belief in his novel Hard Times . They teachings of Mohandas Gandhi emphasized ideas such as “Swaraj” (independence), “Swadeshi” (service to community), and “Satyagraha” (non violence). Gandhi’s first idea, independence, consisted of the need to free India from British colonial rule. A major theme in Gandhi’s teachings is self-rule, or the ability for an Indian nation to rule itself, as a means of attaining a “true civilization”. Gandhi states that in order to achieve this true and enlightened civilization, India must remove the slavery it has to England and live freely. He believes that English society is a disease that has spread over India and when asked whether or not India should emulate the English society he states, “The condition of England at the present is pitiable. I pray to God that India may never be in that plight” (13). He compares British parliament to a sterile woman, and a prostitute. His reasoning for calling it a sterile woman is that it can do nothing without outside pressure, and it is comparable to a prostitute because it is under the control of leaders who change throughout time. Gandhi’s disproval of English
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