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Gandhi (the Movie) Biography

"No man's life can be encompassed in one telling.There is no way to give each year its allotted weight, to include each event, each person who helped to shape a lifetime.What can be done is to be faithful in spirit to the record and try to find one's way to the heart of the man…"
As this quote so began the movie "Gandhi", so too will it begin my paper.This movie portrayed Gandhi not just as a hero, but also as a human.His life was indeed hard, and through various moments of the movie, I cringed at the cruelty he and his people endured. Gandhi was but one man, yet he displayed not only the power of the Indian people, but also the power of peace.
During Gandhi's visit to South Africa, he was astonished at the way Indians were treated.They were not allowed to ridefirst/second class on the train, and they weren't ever allowed to walk on the same pavement that the white British men walked upon.About five minutes after the opening shot of the movie, it shows Gandhi on afirst class car encountering hisfirst taste of social injustice in South Africa (and maybe even his life).Outraged at this incident, he began his campaign for change.He proposed that all Indians should burn the passes that they are, by law, supposed to carry with them at all times.This event was thefirst of many times throughout the movie that he would be thrown in jail.What caught my attention was hisfirst attempt at trying to talk to the crowd.His ineptness at speech was surprising considering the mysticism surrounding Gandhi in today's world.
Another added effect that made this movie very well done was the progression of Gandhi with the passage of time.As already stated, hisfirst speech in South Africa during his pass burning demonstration, he was extremely timid and soft-spoken.Although lacking speech skills at that time (it was, I believe, hisfirst time talking in pu


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