Analysis Of `` The Ways Of Oppression `` By F. Nelson Mandela

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The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall” – Nelson Mandela. It takes high risks and a lot of vitality to overcome oppression. In Martin Luther King’s essay, “The Ways of Oppression,” there are three distinct ways on how to deal with oppression, which are acquiescence, violence, and non-violent resistance. All of these strategies of dealing with oppression are established in both the film and novel adaptation of the “Unbroken,” as Louie Zamperini spends many years as a POW in Japan enduring cruel oppression. Throughout the story, the three strategies alternate amongst Louie and his fellow POWs, however, towards the end it’s clear that non-violent resistance is the most successful form of overcoming oppression because it makes Louie the bigger man in learning how to forgive and understand more openly. The first way of dealing with oppression King mentions in his essay is acquiescence. He describes the acquiescence method as the oppressor becoming accustomed to the unjust treatment. In the novel, Unbroken, it became a daily routine for the men to carry tons of coal on their backs. “They pushed aboard one another, and the hauling went on, punishing their bodies and numbing their minds” (187). This shows how Louie and his fellow POWs grew accustomed to the painful labor their endured at the camp. They couldn’t do anything but continue working because their lives were at risk from the deadly conditions. Another characteristic of the

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