Theme Of Ambition In Mississippi Trial

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Salvador Dali once said, “Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.”, meaning that without ambition the world would never progress. Ambition is “a strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work”(Google Dictionary). Ambition is what has made the world what it is today, whether that be a good thing or bad. People all around the world have ambitions, hopes, and dreams for the future; to give their family a better life in a new country, to get a promotion, to get straight A’s. Ambition gave women and people of color a right to vote, and same sex marriage. While ambition is intr to change, it's not always a good thing. It can cause the conceding of others and their own core values. Many characters in the novel Mississippi Trial, 1955 by Christopher E. Crowe are ambitious, but in the end, only a few characters ambition results in good. Throughout the novel the ambitions of Earl, Harlan, and Hiram all intertwine…show more content…
Earl and Harlan never got along because of their conflicting positions and outlooks on how colored people should be treated. Hiram and his father, Harlan, also had a similarly adversarial relationship. Originally, Hiram didn’t understand why his father was continuously dragging him away from Earl and would lecture him about hate, but by the end of his stay in Greenwood, he had a much better understanding and consideration for his father’s intent. He was even beginning to approve with his father and his principles. He says, “But Emmett Till is dead, Grampa, for no good reason. He had as much right to be here in Leflore County as I do. He was just a kid, …” Proving that he is a good person who believes that everyone should be treated equally. By the end of the novel Hiram’s motivations were leaning more towards doing what was just, which he knew wasn’t supporting to keep the hate and prejudiced traditions of the
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