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Castrejon 1 Samuel Castrejon Mrs. Lanz English 3 Honors Period 0 14 November 2011 Persuasive Techniques and Appeals Unsatisfied with their nation’s government, Mohandas K. Gandhi, Henry David Thoreau, and Martin Luther King Jr. raised their voices by utilizing the power of persuasion to create political reforms by using non-violent actions. Gandhi, Thoreau, and King all faced hardships such as imprisonment, and constant threats for their civil disobedience. Gandhi faced constant threats as he attempted to drive out an oppressive British government from India, and both Thoreau and King faced jail time for their civil disobedience. As a result, these three individuals responded by implicating their persuasive techniques to highlight the flaws found within their own governments to show their audiences that improvement was needed for each governmental system. The literary selections of Gandhi, Thoreau, and King all achieve in compelling to their audiences through the use of strong persuasive language, logical reasoning, and ethnical support, each author combined the power tools of ethos, logos, and pathos to create strong persuasive reasoning; however, Mohandas K. Gandhi’s persuasive techniques were the most effective when compared to King and Thoreau Henry David Thoreau had a strong sense of individuality, he often times did not follow church dress code and also led slaves to freedom in Canada. Thoreau’s strong sense of individuality became evident when Thoreau refused to pay the poll tax for the
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Castrejon 2 Mexican War because he did not believe the war was needed and that it was just the government’s way of trying to get more power. In Thoreau’s Resistance to Civil Government , Thoreau stresses the argument that the government was in favor of the majority of the people and in the process the government was ignoring the minority population, Thoreau makes his argument clear by stating “Witness the present Mexican War, the work of comparatively few individuals using the standing government as their tool; for, in the outset, the people would have no consented to this measure” (269). Thoreau begins by using a strong sense of logos, or logical appeal by reminding his audience that as a population they are entitled to a say in what their government chooses to do. Thoreau stresses the fact that the War was a result of the government ignoring the little people and doing what they thought should be done. By starting off his major persuasive argument by introducing logical appeal, Thoreau is able to grasp the audience for the remainder of the argument. With the control of the audience in hand Thoreau
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