Summarize Gandhi’s account of himself (Autobiography [1927]), and then compare it with the biographical account in the film Gandhi (Columbia Pictures, 1982).

More precisely, address two questions in parts of approximately equal length:

What is Gandhi’s overall or major argument(s)? In other words, what does the Autobiography try to do? When summarizing the book, try to read critically. Look for major and recurring themes at significant places, and try not to become absorbed in the details (however tempting this might be). We would like to view “the forest,” not so much “the trees”.

How does Gandhi’s self-portrayal in the Autobiography compare with the portrayal in Gandhi (part 1 = 0:00-1:31:45)? What are some major similarities and major differences between the two? And what might be reasons for certain of these? The book and the first part of the film overlap roughly in their coverage of Gandhi, presenting his life through 1919. You may begin reading the Autobiography and watching the entire part 1 of Gandhi as soon as you wish.

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