2017 – 6th Grade National 4th Place Winner
Dylan Patterson, Illinois.
Is the Pen Mightier Than the Sword?
Is the pen mightier than the sword? I think the pen is mightier than the sword because knowledge is more powerful than any strength or weakness. Having knowledge can get you farther than any fighting can do. You can use words to solve conflict better than you can fight because fighting doesn’t do anything but cause a conflict to get bigger.
A pen symbolizes education and imagination. Imagination can stretch beyond things can see or feel. Having an imagination can make people feel good about themselves, and it can make people feel ways that they can’t explain. A pen can draw what people feel, it can write what people think, what people see, and what people have been through. Walt Disney once said, “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” Being able to express yourself in different ways is imagination, being able to go to school is an education.
There are different ways of fighting, depending on what you are fighting for. People can fight for equal rights and education. Those types of fighting make a change in the world. Fighting with a weapon may change something, but it also can make things worse or make things seem like they won’t get better because fighting can lead to death and it can lead to people losing their families or their own lives. Fighting with words may make a difference because ift can allow you to fight for someone without a voice.
Physical strength is good but knowledge is power. Knowledge can get you to big places t can get you to a good job and a good life. Having knowledge can get you places where you could never imagine yourself going.
Fighting might make you feel like you’ve won something, but you know you’ve won when you make someone feel good with your words. You can write down words with a epn to make people feel good about themselves. They can pass your words onto someone else and make that person feel good. Words go a long way and so do pens.
A sword symbolizes violence and violence never serves purpose or makes things better because violence is never the answer. I think a pen is mightier than a sword because a pen can take you to places that you could never imagine, where can a sword take you?
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