The Effectiveness of Thoreau and King’s Appeals to Change the Government

 

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The Star-bellied Sneetches by Dr. Seus is a metaphor for different races.

Henry David Thoreau and Martin Luther King Jr. are two men who used words, not violence, to change the popular belief of how the United States of America should function. Using appeals to good nature, emotion, and authority, King sways the hearts of people to peacefully petition the government to promote equality between blacks and whites. Using analogies, appeals to emotion, and his own authority as a man unfettered by the machinations of the government, Thoreau beats against the bars entrapping a man’s conscience as a result of the role government believes they should hold, so he can become free from the influence of others, transforming into an individual. These two men achieve their goals of changing people’s perception of the government and how it should treat them in ways that are similar and also different, one with the slight arrogance of a scholar and the other with the kind words of a brother.

 

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The Effectiveness of Thoreau and King’s Appeals to Change the Government

One thought on “The Effectiveness of Thoreau and King’s Appeals to Change the Government

  1. Good introduction. See my suggestions for improvement.
    Revise: Government is singular: the role government believes it should hold (not “they”), transforming into an individual (explain what kind of individual).
    Your last sentence is awkward because it is so packed with content. The awkward phrase is “in ways that are similar and also different.” Try this word unit at the beginning of the sentence, and then revise the last word unit by naming these writers.

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