Winston Churchill as Man of the Twentieth Century
During the twentieth century, there were many people, some well known and others not so well known, who contributed to society in one way or another. When determining which one of these people was the biggest contributor to society during the twentieth century, and, therefore, the person of the twentieth century, their lives as a whole should be taken into consideration. In addition to contributing much to society in various ways, the best candidate for person of the century should also have had struggles and experiences that they overcame or went through and from which they learned. Winston Churchill is the person who contributed the most to society during the twentieth century and made it what it is today.
Throughout his life, like other good candidates for person of the century, Winston Churchill had many struggles and experiences that he overcame and from which he learned. One of these major struggles had to do with his family, or more specifically, his parents. Winston was born into a rich and famous family of England. Both his father, Lord Randolph Churchill, and his mother, Lady Randolph Churchill (Jennie Jerome), were well known throughout England. Lord Randolph was a well-known member of Parliament and, because of his popularity, his wife was also well known. Like other well-known people at the time, Winston’s parents were often busy with political and social meetings and didn’t have time to care for him. Mrs. Everest, a nurse/nanny to Winston and his brother, Jack, took care of him as he grew up. As one author writes, “It was to her [Mrs. Everest] that Winston turned when in need, and he always remembered her with affection” (Bailey 8). It wasn’t that Winston wasn’t devoted to or didn’t admire his parents; they were just distant while growing up (8). Winston overcame the lack of love and attention from his parents by looking to Mrs. Everest as a parental figure, and he learned to be more independent, not being cared for much by his parents at such an early age.
Another struggle Winston had was his ongoing difficulty with school. When Winston was almost eight years old, he was sent to school at St. George’s in Ascot (Sandys 43). He was rarely interested in learning because of the methods used there to teach him. He, like most of the other boys, was often disobedient and mischievous. At the time in England, beating was an acceptable method of discipline (not only for misbehavior, but also for lack of knowledge), so Winston was often beaten cruelly (61). Mrs. Everest found out about Winston’s poor treatment, and, after she informed his parents, they transferred him to a school at Brighton. Winston was treated much better at this school and enjoyed it a bit more. This environment was much friendlier and allowed Winston to learn things that interested him (62). Eventually it was time for Winston to go on to public school at Harrow. When entering the school, he was required to...