“Throughout human history, our greatest leaders and thinkers have used the power of words to transform our emotions, to enlist us in their causes, and to shape the course of destiny. Words can not only create emotions, they create actions.
And from our actions flow the results of our lives”(Tony Robbins). Words have been used to inspire change since the beginning of human history. Words have the power to change people’s perspectives on situations and events by logical reasoning and emotions. Logical reasoning or logos is one of the many ways words can inspire change in people’s lives. For example, in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, the author, Harper Lee, wrote, ‘”You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… until you climb into his skin and walk around in it”‘(Lee 30). Lee was showing the readers’ that one cannot judge a book by its cover until they read it, which helps one realize to be logical.
The author showed the readers’ that later in the book the character that this quote was directed to had changed her perspective of other people. Also, in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, the author noted, ‘”You just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anybody says to you, don’t let ’em get your goat. Try fighting with your head for a change… it’s a good one, even if it does resist learning”‘(Lee 76). The author was addressing to the readers’ that one has to think before they act.
One has to be logical and think about the problems that might be started. This impacted the character that the quote was directed to because she grew as a character and became more mature and wise. Moreover, one way that words can inspire change is through logic and reasoning. Emotions or pathos is another way that words can inspire change in people’s lives. For instance, in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech, he addressed, “‘Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial injustice.
Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children”‘(King lines 36-40). King’s use of imagery lets the audience envision that there is an end during these troubled times. King uses pathos which helps the audience feel capacitated to take action.
Also, in the speech “I Have a Dream,” King stated, “‘And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice.”‘(King lines 47-50).
Martin Luther King Jr’s use of his style of speech indicates how hard the Negro people will work for their freedom. He uses pathos in a way that the audience feels driven to work to be given their rights. Therefore, words can inspire change by using pathos or emotions. All in all, logical reasoning and emotions are just some of the many ways that words can inspire change. The power of words can help people realize the problems of the world.
People need to be aware of what is being said out of a person’s mouth because it might just change a life. One needs to see that words can inspire a person’s future to change.