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Compare And Contrast Martin Luther King And Thoreau

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One of the two most prominent figures in literature, Henry David Thoreau and Doctor Martin Luther King Jr., have very similar but yet vastly different writing styles. Their writing styles can be shown through their most well known pieces of writing, “On the Duty of Civil Disobedience” by Henry David Thoreau and “Letter from Birmingham Jail” by Martin Luther King. A way to compare and contrast their styles is through their use of rhetorical devices in order to persuade their readers into viewing a particular opinion and central argument, in this case they both use pathos, the appeal through conveying emotion, in seperate ways in order to persuade readers into the similar idea of promoting civil disobedience. Their central argument is about civil disobedience and why it is necessary to promote it and how to follow through acting upon unrighteousness. In Henry David Thoreau’s writing, “On the Duty of Civil Disobedience”, he promotes his philosophy that “All men recognize the right of revolution; that is, the right to refuse allegiance to resist, the government, when its tyranny or its inefficiency are great and unendurable”(Thoreau 2). Thoreau believes that all men have to refuse to abide by the laws of the government when it restricts your rights. He promotes the idea of having your own conscience in order for yourself to consider if a treatment is just instead of being governed by a majority. This individualism follows through Martin Luther King Jr.’s writing in which he
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