English 10H: P3
May 13, 2013
Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat
Winston Churchill’s leadership and influence saved Britain and Europe from falling under the wrath of Hitler. There are multiple perspectives of an effective leader. One might argue that a leader may force their citizens to swear loyalty to show that immediate results are effective. Others may say that an effective leader is someone who leads the country for the greater good. Some may even say striking fear into citizens is what distinguishes an effective leader from the rest. However, a true leader is able to establish direct communication with their followers. What distinguishes a successful leader from a futile leader is the capability to provide reassurance and keep situations in their favor. As an influential leader who possesses implausible capacity for military command and political decisions, Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was an effective forward of his time. Even past the unfortunate circumstances that befell him during childhood, Churchill stood against the opposition toward his success. It was not until tragic wartime until his impressive abilities were brought to light. Rising among the ranks in the military, Churchill’s quick wits and oration skills led the war to a far quicker end. As far as his morals and values go, Churchill was religious in name only. His ideals were shaped for practical use in the battlefield. Overall, he was to be perceived in a positive light by the people in their country of Britain. His strategy and tactics may have even prevented Hitler from accomplishing his plan of world-spread totalitarianism. Background Info
Winston Churchill was brought up with an unfortunate childhood. However, this deplorable childhood would cause Churchill to acquire a tenacious fortitude of perseverance and that would lead into a plethora of successes. Winston Churchill was born on November 30, 1874, in Blenheim Palace to Lord and Lady Randolph Churchill. During his adolescent years, attention for Churchill by his parents would be sparse and few. Churchill characterize his own mother as “neglectful”, but he still loved her though “only at a distance” (Humes 9). To further cement this neglect, Churchill's mother would have rather devote time to “evenings out” than with Churchill. Churchill's father would prove to be even worse. Randolph Churchill's indifference and dismissal of Churchill “bordered on cruelty” (Humes 9). This caused Churchill to be the complete opposite of his father, “instead indulging his children” (Humes 9). In spite of all the misfortune Churchill experienced from his parents, he still had his nanny, Anne Everest, for his own alleviation of his problems Everest would be known to Churchill as “woomy”, due to the a lisp that caused it to be difficult for Churchill to say woman correctly. Churchill would often write about his disappointing childhood, but only “in a matter-of-fact terms” (Humes 12). However, Churchill would release his thoughts and feelings on to Everest. But, unfortunately to Churchill's dismay, he was being sent to boarding school and was to be separated from Everest. Without the comfort of Everest, Churchill's education was an extensive and rigorous period of his youth. During his time in boarding school, Churchill developed a particular interest in history and the English language. In the bleakness of boarding school, the “bright patch” for Churchill was his discovery of the “beauty of the English language” (Humes 15). The only subject that matched English was Churchill's “love of history” (Humes 17). Churchill had a peculiar interest in wars, so much that he sketched a World War I scenario with “machine guns, trench warfare, and armies drawn mostly from civilians” (Humes 17). Churchill's father would soon ask his soon if he wanted to be a soldier, which Churchill accepted. Though, his father would soon tell his wife that Churchill was to “naughty” and “stupid” for anything else,...
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