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The Pen Is

Mightier Than

The Sword

Navya Kataria

Orator of the Year


Teachers and friends, picture this: You’ve just been given an

assignment to do on a notable historical figure. Would you do it on

Hitler? Genghis Khan? Or Osama Bin Ladin? The answer is

definitely not! They all evoke feelings of hatred and disgust. They all

stood for violence and brutal force. This is the legacy of the sword.

On the other hand would you do it on William Shakespeare?

Mahatma Ghandi? Or even Tagore? Who’ve all made a great

contribution to our lives by expressing their thoughts to the world

without violence? Of course you’d do it on them. This is the legacy

of the pen. I ardently believe that the pen is mightier than the sword.

But what does this mean?

The pen is the fuel for mental strength. Books have been known

to help imbibe new thoughts and inspire to explore new frontiers

that could be in the field of Science, Philosophy or Literature. It is

through the might of the pen that cultures have been preserved from

one generation to the next. Research has been passed down from

decades and a myriad of ideologies have been exchanged among

various societies. Our lives would have been barren of entertainment

and enlightment had there been no way of expressing our thoughts

without the help of written words.

The sword implies force. By forcing one’s views on others through

violence and undue duress, only results in evoking feelings of terror

and oppression. So reason takes a backseat when the sword is used

to overpower society to one’s views.

However, some people argue that the sword is necessary under

certain circumstances, against the will of such things as terrorism. It

is an understanding that in such situations the sword does have a

role to play. But it is the thought process that counts in the end. In

order to understand the right from the wrong, and to shape our own

personality, words and your own public and personal thoughts have

the biggest role to play. It is quite clear from historical references

that, give a man a sword for good purpose, it is highly likely that it

will be used for corrupt and selfish ends.

There was one famous Indian hero. His name was Mahatma

Ghandi and what this one man did was remarkable. He was against

the whole system of violence and brutal force. He did not help India

become a free nation by violence. No he didn’t. He was a passionate

and masterful speaker who shaped people’s opinions with words,

and soon he had enticed the entire nation, even when they still had