2017 – 5th Grade National 3rd Place Winner

Neeharika Tondapu, Minnesota.


This question has been asked for hundreds of years and possibly another hundred years to come. I personally think that the pen is mightier than the sword. There are many reasons that the pen is mightier than the sword like, the pen can end wars, the pen represents peace, and the pen can build governments, just to name a few.

The pen can end wars. Take the treaty of paris for example, it ended the revolutionary war, whereas the sword kept fighting, shedding blood, and taking lives. The treaty of paris was signed with a pen and ended a 8-year war between two equally powerful nations. That shows that the simple actions of the pen can end battles and wars that could have ended if they had just used the pen instead of using the sword and taking lives of their people.

The pen represents peace. Everyone or mostly everyone pairs symbols or colors or words with a generalization that they have grown up with knowing, and in those symbols are the pen and the sword. To most people the sword means blood, death, and gore. And to most people the pen represents wisdom, peace, and kindness. The sword commits actions of death and gore. And the pen commits actions of kindness and wisdom. Because of these generalizations some people would agree with me and think the pen is mightier than the sword only because of these generalizations.

The pen can build governments. Take the Constitution for example, it’s just a piece of paper written on with a pen, right? Well that piece of paper written on by a pen structures and molds the American government. This example further proves that the pen is superior to the sword.

These reasons support my claim about this topic. In the question is the pen mightier than the sword people each have different answers and opinions that can be supported with facts and examples. But I think the pen is definitely mightier than the sword.


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