TWP, PG 738-755

TWP, PG 738-755 - He re-uses labels such as rabble rousers...

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Kevin Pintauro April 4, 2007 ENG 150 TWP PG 738-755 After reading Martin Luther King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail I am still amazed how well he keeps his composure in times of crisis. I think that is part of what made him a great leader. He controls his emotions so well and even in the midst of all the atrocities and blatant violations of his and others’ civil liberties. This is a very inspiring composition as are many of his writings. A major theme from this writing was how legality doesn’t necessarily mean morality. Just because something is “legal” or “illegal” doesn’t make it moral. He compares his situation to Nazi Germany and how it was illegal to assist Jews in any way. He also compares the Hungarian freedom fighters, who were being occupied by the Soviet Union, to his situation because it was illegal to oppose the Soviet Union, but it was morally justified.
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Unformatted text preview: He re-uses labels such as rabble rousers and outside agitators defending himself and others in his movement as being civil and nonviolent. His use of famous figures in American and Religious history such as Martin Luther, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln is a very strong analogous set up. In reality, all King is doing is restating what should already be as said by the same people who made our country and the modern church. I like how he talks about people who claim to be men of God by also hinder Gods word and message by excluding certain peoples. He comes to the conclusion that since the church is run by such men then the church too is weak and ineffectual. He closes the letter by telling people to keep hope and stay strong and to think about the future....
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