Massachusetts, ceasing to hold slaves, were actually to withdraw from this copartnership, and be locked up in the county jail therefor, it would be the abolition of slavery of in America.” (Thoreau 7). In Thoreau’s eyes, the power of the individual is more powerful than any government or leader because the individual chose the type of society they want to live in. On the other hand, King’s pathos on page three of his letter, he writes a lengthy paragraph that describes a few of the injustice colored people faced every day. Example after example, his audience are anxiously waiting for the passage to finally be over, and when it is, he writes, “...when you are forever fighting a degenerating sense of ‘nobodiness’--then you will understand why we find it so difficult to wait.”(King 3). King wrote such a powerful passage as a way to give his audience a perspective on how African-Americans felt when were told to wait. One reads that passage, and they wait and wonder when will it be over. King and his people experience that after every beating, death, house and church burning, racist comment, etcetera. In a way, he wants any person who reads his letter, and has done harm against a colored person to feel guilty and shameful because they have no idea what kind of harm they cause. King also uses logic when he says that, “The goal of America is freedom...” (King 8) America is the land of the free, and at that time it was not following its goal. Though at this time and generation, it still has trouble to give freedom. People still face police brutality and discrimination. The two men have different styles of demonstrating their logical and emotional appeals in way that digs deep into the reader’s perspective of the issue the two men address. Throughout both texts, Thoreau and King’s tones shift to a certain extent that helped the audience comprehend the men’s perspective on the issue. For instant, Thoreau’s essay directs his readers to acknowledge the logic he points out. Along these lines, his firmness creates a dominant character for Thoreau so people won’t take him as a fool. His firmness is evident when he argues that justice can not be done if an individual’s conscience decides not to act upon it, as quoted, “...but if it is such a nature that is
requires you to be the agent of the injustice to another, then, I say, break the law. Let your life be counter -friction to stop the machine .” (Thoreau 6). While in King’s letter, he starts his response friendly to a degree that he does not scare his audience. He uses the terms like “My Fellow” or “men of genuine good will” (King 1), to assert that he doesn’t appear vulgar. The clergymen already believe that his protest are
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