Civil Disobedience Compare and Contrast Henry Thoreau and Martin Luther King both wrote persuasive discussions that oppose many ideals and make a justification of their cause, being both central to their argument. While the similarity is obvious, the two essays, Civil Disobedience by Thoreau and Letter from a Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King Jr. do have some similarities. King tries persuading white, southern clergymen that segregation is an evil, unfair law that ought to defeat by use of agitation of direct protesting. Thoreau, on the other hand, writes to a broader, non-addressed audience, and focuses more on the state itself. He further accepts it at its current state, in regard to the battle with Mexico and the institution of slavery.
Martin Luther King Junior proves and persuades his points on why blacks should be free by using a strong logos argument and powerful rhetorical questions. As Martin Luther King Junior uses logos he shows " In any nonviolent campaign there are four basic steps: 1) Collection of facts to determine whether injustices are alive. 2) Negotiation. 3) Self-purification and 4) Direct action "(pg6,prgh 5). Martin Luther King Junior is showing the four steps to a non-violent campaign.
In the text he says, "I wish you had commended the Negro sit inners and demonstrators of Birmingham for their sublime courage, their willingness to suffer and their amazing discipline in the midst of great provocation. One day the South will recognize its real heroes. As you can see King expresses his feeling of the negro sit-inners and demonstrators not given the verdict of being the "real heroes" of the south which they were king also give off a slight glance of angry towards this as well. As well as fur Roosevelt he too give off a tone of noble and a slightness of anger. In the Four Freedom speech he says things like, " it 's not probable
Martin Luther King Jr. was an important figure in gaining civil rights throughout the 1960’s and he’s very deserving of that title as seen in both his “I Have a Dream” speech and his “Letter from Birmingham Jail” letter. In both of these writings Dr. King uses logos - logical persuasion - and pathos - emotional appeal - to change the opinions of people who were for segregation and against civil rights. Although King was arrested for a nonviolent protest, he still found a way to justify his actions with the use of logos and pathos. MLK uses both ways to gain the attention and agreement of the audience but, he uses pathos not just more, but in a more relatable way in order to appeal to his audience. The “I Have a Dream” speech is well known throughout history to be one of the most famous speeches to be on the subject of civil rights.
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech had a great deal of logos and pathos appeals to persuade his audience to speak out against segregation and to give all men the rights they deserve. He often gave a clear line of reasoning supported by evidence in his speech, like when he says: “This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the “unalienable Rights” of “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”... America has defaulted on this promissory note, ... given the Negro people a bad check… which has come back marked “insufficient funds.” (King para. 4) He used logos here to explain that even though the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence promised all men to have equal rights, they did not follow it. When they tried to obtain the rights they were supposed to have from the beginning, no one would give
In his 1963 speech, “I Have A Dream”, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. asserts that now is the time to conquer racial inequality and it can be done neither alone nor through hate. Martin Luther King, Jr. begins his speech where the freedom began- The Emancipation Proclamation. The slaves were freed, but have those empty promises of the constitution been fulfilled? Segregation, as well as subconscious discrimination, have deprived even the free man of their unalienable rights. In paragraphs four through six, a metaphor for cashing the check of freedom was used.
Bravely, Kennedy insisted on educating the black community of the Martin Luther King’s death, since they had not about it. Analyzing the crowd’s demographics, he adapted his speech so they could understand the assassination of Martin Luther King’s death. Knowing that there might be a thirst for revenge, he words his speech that shows that he recognizes the emotions of his audience, by stating, “those of you who are black -- considering the evidence evidently is that there were white people who were responsible -- you can be filled with bitterness, and with hatred…” (American Rhetoric, 2001) There was a lot of power behind this statement because he was realistic to his audience. Also, Kennedy standing in front of this audience showed that he respected them and saw them as he would white people. As most white men would have – he didn’t talk down to them, he adapted to the diversity and showed his audience that they were all on the same
Hello folks, I am here to tell you why Malcolm X should be leader of the Civil Rights. Negroes have been segregated from good quality life and buses, so leaders arose to organize a movement called the Civil Rights movement, these leaders were Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X should be leader. According to his speech, “the Ballot or the Bullet”, he talks about the ways that the Negro is treated, the oppression, and what he would do to end oppression. Malcolm X should be leader of the Civil Rights leader because he knows and recognizes that all people or minorities have suffered at the hands of a common enemy, he also wants the oppressed to stand tall and defend themselves, lastly Martin Luther King shouldn’t be leader because he
Martin Luther King Jr.'s acceptance speech of the Nobel Peace Prize, was a near beacon of light that many Americans memorialize African Americans who were oppressed in the United States during the civil rights movements. The speech embodied an unusual type of rebuttal that Dr. King used to vividly contrast the symbolic meaning. The quote Peace Prize in contrast to the injustice that's in plain view across the water of America.
What makes a government and society moral and just has been a reoccurring question and issue throughout time. Henry David Thoreau, an American transcendentalist, stressed civil disobedience and greatly showed his disbeliefs on the Mexican-American War in his essay, “Resistance to Civil Government.” Through comparing the nation's political authority to a machine and not paying his taxes as a method of protest, Thoreau manages to coax the “true citizen” to stand up against unjust government. Martin Luther King, an American Baptist minister and activist, was a leader and an important part of the African-American Civil rights movement. He fought for black rights and stood up against authorities unjust treatment of his fellow black brothers and sisters. In his letter to the Alabama clergymen, “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” he disagrees and oppose their allegations made on Kings way of protest in dealing with the racial problems in Alabama.