2010 – International Award Winner

Yoonsung Bae, South Korea.

Grade 3

Is the Pen Mightier than the Sword?

"The pen is mightier than the sword" is a famous saying that was written by the English authr, Edward Buwer-Lytton. I agree with Edward Bulwer-Lytton because talking and writing is better than fighting, writing can change personalities, and writing can cause large changes, like freedom, in someone's country.

First, writing is better than fighting. If someone or something were wrong, and someone had a pen, that person could write to the person that they had a problem with. Writing would give them time to calm down and think about the problem before communicating. But, if that person had a sword, and decided to use it, someone would probably get hurt. If people write to others more, they could learn more about other ways of thinking. However, if they fought, they would not learn about anyone else because with fighting, there is very little talking.

Next, the quotation, "The pen is mightier than the sword", means that, with patience, a person can cause others to change their opinions. Pens can change personalities from bad to nice. Pens can change attitudes from being very angry to being understanding. However, if people just have wars to fight, the only outcome is pain. For example, if people choose to fight over bad things. The outcome will be negative because with fighting, almost everyone is wrong and thinking negatively.

Finally, you can win your freedom for your country by writing things down that would make life better for those in your society. There may not be wars if more people wrote things down in other countries. There would not be so much fighting. There would only be writing and peaceful communication.

In conclusion, use writing because you could get hurt or other people could get hurt.


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