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Wide spectrums of attitudes arise when comparing and contrasting the writings of Gandhi and George Orwell The oppressive British system of government in India provides the motive for Gandhis Defending Nonviolent Resistance speech George Orwell conveys peevishness of the same system--the British government by the shooting of an elephant and the repercussions of the event The overall attitude in Orwells Shooting an Elephant leans toward resentment of both government and murder while the overall attitude in Gandhis Defending Nonviolent Resistance inclines toward the uprising of government and nonviolent protest Both writers share attitudes however both writers convey opposing attitudes towards their government Mohandas Gandhi emphasizes the use of non-violence in his speech and employs the principle of spiritual leadershipto achieve political goals through non-violent resistanceGandhi 975 Gandhis essay accents the need for Indian freedom Gandhis attitude stressed for the British system of government to change Gandhi states the overall attitude of the essay I wanted to avoid violence I want to avoid violence Nonviolence is the first article of my faith It is also the last article of my creed Gandhi 976 Gandhi writes this to state his belief in nonviolent forms of rebellion Instead Gandhis belief that peaceful measures harvest a greater impact on the people creates a greater outcome Gandhi decides to go against the government of the land the British government Gandhi states But I had to make my choice I had either to submit to a system which I considered had done an irreparable harm to my country or incur the risk of the mad fury of my people bursting forth when they understood the truth from my lips Gandhi 976 Clearly Gandhis attitude towards British rule played into a negative path of rebellion which eventually led to his arrest and future Indian independence George Orwell does not stir up any rebellions with the government however Orwell plays a major role in British Government in India I was subdivisional
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