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Mahatma Gandhi

This essay has us performing some research into the author's lives and how the way they lived influenced their writing.

In the essay, discuss how the author used style as a means to convey their messages about faith and doubt. Remember style refers to the words and sentence structure that an author uses to present material. Also, do not summarize the story; analysis it. Look for patterns in the writing, and react to the patterns and to the whole work. Research the author's life and reflect how this influenced his or her writing.
Be sure that the essay includes the following:

1. A thesis, a title, a Works Cited page, and an effective introduction and conclusion
2. Using MLA format, integrate at least 2 - 4 outside sources both within the text and in a Works Cited page. Remember outside sources mean scholarly research on the author and the story. Do Not use Wikipedia.


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"The Story of My Experiments with Truth" is Mahatma Gandhi's "autobiography," although technically, he did not like his book to be thought of as an autobiography. He preferred the idea of sharing his "experiments with truth" (not his "life") with his readers. He is not that concerned with his life per se, but rather he is more concerned with the lessons one learns from life.

He attempts throughout his work to share the lessons he learned as he progressed through his life. His entire quest was to "see God face to face," a process he referred to as self-realization. This is not the Christian or Jewish concept of "God," but rather the Hindu concept. And it is important to keep this in mind as you read this excerpt. To give you an idea of his multi-cultural or multi-religious outlook, toward the end of his life, he was asked whether he was a Hindu. He answered by saying that he was, but that he was also a Christian, a Muslim, a Buddhist, and a Jew. Now, to anyone seriously practicing any of these religions, this statement is absurd, yet not to Gandhi. He attempted to embrace them all from a purely "selfish" point of view. I don't mean this in a derogatory way at all. What I mean by that is that he took from these religions what he wanted and synthesized them into his quest (experiments) for truth.

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