Comparative Essay

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Comparing Aung San Suu Kyi’s excerpt from “In Quest with Democracy” and Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” Aung San Suu Kyis and Martin Luther King Jr. are among the great activists the world has ever witnessed who have gallantly championed for the liberation of the masses from oppressing institutions and systems of power. Both authors had rooted their campaigns in the tenets of their religious faith, which endeared themselves with the masses. Change is inevitable and their efforts in no doubt bore fruits for in each case they have received world recognition for what they did for the people. Aung San Suu Kyi’s excerpt “In Quest with Democracy” and Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, surpassed other…show more content…
Both are agree that oppressive institutions will only change from struggles of liberation. Austin (47) argues while appealing to logic, King explained why it was in the leaders’ pretext whether religious or not to sympathize with the masses in their plight highlighting the ugliness of injustice for he says, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”. By using innuendos, King criticizes those who turn a blind eye to injustices around them. Suu Kyi also digs deep to the injustices of the military regimes in Burma that viewed democracy as western ideology and alien to non-Western world so that they would cling to the reigns of power without opposition (propaganda). Though both texts appeal for peaceful negotiations, to achieve rights of the people, King implies that if the oppressive institutions do not give in, the masses should act in a manner which forces for a resolution. The situation depicted by Suu Kyi in Burma is of political injustices; the rights of the Burmese to free and fair elections in a democratic nation are negated by despotic leaders who do not practice the Buddhist traditions. According to Austin (82) Suu Kyi became the voice of the people and through her the masses have seen the authoritarian rule which is not acting in their best interests. King presents the social injustices that the blacks and the minorities in American society face. The

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