Light in the Letter



When Martin Luther King Jr. was writing a response letter from a prison cell to eight Alabama clergy men, who questioned King’s methods, King was certainly aware of the significance of his actions and his writing, it is clearly seen in his letter. His actions were justified by great minds, were coming from right circumstances, and causes.

The whole letter enriched me with a lot of dense information, it charged my mind with knowledge, left me in awe. King kept writing about how there is no time for waiting, because at that point waiting meant never. He talked how the fight for freedom does not know convenience.

I began envisioning King writing in the cell. Oppression from outside the walls and within as well. I envision everything is cuddled with darkness, and only one light, so strong, so beautiful illuminates everything. The light is King’s soul, mind, and body.

It is refreshing just to see such a powerful writing in the text book. Everything in it is just direction and opinions, at least from what we had to read thus far. However, King’s letter to me stood out, this writing was part of a movement, of an engine that improved the world.

My favorite is that King’s letter shows what a rich personality he is, examples would be the numerous references to historical thinkers, it shows that King was living in a room filled with those numerous voices, which guided him through the darkness, which helped him to improve the world, by referencing them King reminded to the society of the greatness that is underneath all prejudice. The richness of his personality is also expressed through the length of the letter. At the end of the letter King concludes by pointing out that he did write a lot. When I picture the atmosphere and the setting of where the letter was written, I understand that it is what partially drove him to write, writing was his escape route at that moment.


What can we learn from bad experiences?

Bad Experiences

Everyone’s gone through tough times in their lives; if not in the past then somethings bound to happen. It’s easy to ignore the pain you felt along the way, and pretend like everything is okay, but does this help us move forward?. In Persepolis Marjane lived through bombings in her neighborhood, strict public laws, and the loss of her family members. Through text, pictures, and emotion it became possible for the reader to more deeply feel marjane’s struggles. I’ve personally suffered my share of harsh experiences; surely that was not in the midst of a war, but it was never an easy road. Through my many experiences, no matter how bad there was always a source of light or wisdom that shined through. Can you recall that feeling you felt when you felt like someone or something had given you reason to panic, cry or be sad? did you play the scenes in your head over a thousand times? in persepolis marjane and her family always managed to keep their hopes up even in times of war. By having parties, and spending time together they were able to overcome the unbearable task of living in a dangerous area. not to mention the sources of wisdom, and courage marjane received, whether it was from her grandmother, her uncle marjane was inspired by those around her despite their situation. The simple truth is that bad things will happen to everyone; but no matter the magnitude we have to understand that though bad things happen, it provides us with a deeper understanding of life, and what it means to live. Now i’m not trying to teach others how to live, but i think if we can learn anything from Persepolis it’s that we have to accept that things happen, and when they happen we have to hold on to our beliefs, our loved ones, and our ambitions as tightly as we can. one of the most important aspects of going through hard times is the character we develop. we learn to adapt to our problems and suddenly we appreciate the nuances of life. this gives us even more reason to treat others better, to give to the less fortunate, and to respect ourselves; which is why, in my opinion we learn more about who we are in bad experiences than in any other phase of our life.