Some people think that Adolf Hitler was the most dreadful person in history, but Joseph Stalin even topped him killing tens of millions of people. Now Stalin was the biggest tyrant when he ruled Russia. Joseph Stalin was a man who could be perfectly considered as a Visigoth. His real name was Losif Vissarionovich Djugashvili, which he later changed to Stalin meaning “a man of steel” creating a manly or strong image for himself. I don’t know the real reason behind this, but this does relate to the “My Graduation Speech”.
In Neil Postman’s essay it mentioned, “We are all, in a way, natural-born Visigoths”. Postman is stating that we are all born as Visigoths. It’s our duty to choose the right path you can’t blame anyone but yourself for choosing your path. This relate to Stalin because in his early years he was sent to jail eight times obviously this made a huge impact on his forth coming life meaning that having a rough childhood made him become the most ruthless and brutal person in history. Even though having a rough childhood doesn’t make it okay for him to become a tyrant, but it was his own decision, which he could have avoided by learning from his early mistakes.
Stalin was a perfect example of a Visigoth because like the Visigoths he never cared about anyone but himself. In Postman’s essay in paragraph 7 he stated “To a Visigoth, the quest for knowledge is useless unless it can help you to earn money or to gain power over other people”. The last sentence exactly describes Stalin because he was also a money and power thirsty lunatic. To achieve the power he put worker in labour camps and forced them to work in harsh conditions with very little food to live on.
In conclusion, Stalin was the biggest tyrant who thought of himself as the centre of the universe, only interested in his own affairs and no sense of care for others. He was a cruel ruler, but like the Visigoths he also slowly disappeared and left a mark that keeps reminding us how cruel the world can be