Civil Disobedience, by Henry David Thoreau and Letter From Birmingham Jail, by Martin Luther King Jr.

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The essays, "Civil Disobedience," by Henry David Thoreau, and "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," by Martin Luther King, Jr., incorporate the authors’ opinions of justice. Each author efficiently shows their main point; Thoreau deals with justice as it relates to government, he asks for,”not at one no government, but at once a better government.”(Paragraph 3). King believed,” injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." (Paragraph 4). Each essay shows a valid argument for justice, but King's philosophy is more effective, because it has more logical points of views. King’s letter from a Birmingham Jail was an act of his encouragement for protest against the white’s traditions in which were unjust. King, a leader of civil rights groups was against traditional views; King encouraged protesting against tradition and established laws that are unjust. In his letter from Birmingham Jail King states, “Even so, I am sure that, had I lived in Germany at the time, I would have aided and comforted my Jewish brothers. If today I lived in a Communist country where certain principles dear to the Christian faith are suppressed, I would openly advocate disobeying that country's antireligious laws." (Paragraph 22) the portion of that paragraph is significant because in Hitler's Germany, a Communist country, or any situation in which injustices are occurring. King was against the traditional views and unjust laws, which were against his fellow people and Martin Luther King Jr. himself. He incorporates zeitgeist which is a word that symbolizes the spirit of the age. He compares the political freedom with his black brothers of Africa and his brown and yellow brothers of Asia, South America and the Caribbean the United States Negro is mov... ... middle of paper ... ...than Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience” because its persuasive techniques have more logical points of views. Using logic people can relate to kings views on a more personal stand point. Thoreau’s standpoint is harder to understand, but shows very valid arguments, because Thoreau uses antithesis and the is government is wrong and the virtuous man is right. Also Thoreau has his moral views and believes the government should follow the man for, the government is “We the People.” Thoreau’s abstract style of writing would have most people in the 20th century era finding difficulty interpreting his paradoxical writing. On the other hand King’s philosophy uses many similes, metaphors, and other negro’s view points. Which all work in harmony to stand together and unite as one big group led by Civil Wrights Leaders with a united message to change the future for all mankind.
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