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    Civil Disobedience, Martin Luther King, and Henry David Thoreau

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    In five pages the way civil disobedience was approached by Thoreau and King are compared in an analysis of Thoreau's 'Resistence to Civil Government' and King's 'Letter from Birmingham Jail.'

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    Introduction Thoreau became a popular icon in the sixties as Martin Luther King used him and as an example  of the path of nonviolent resistance. In this discussion we will see how Henry David Thoreau in "Resistance to Civil Government" (1849), compares with a "Letter from the Burmingham  Jail" (1961) by Martin Luther King. Henry David Thoreau Deductive - to derive by reasoning. Thoreau, prided himself on this approach. Pathos (emotional appeal ): Thoreau is  not much concerned with an emotional appeal, for he is confident in his own personal logic, and although possible he felt hewas friendly enough, for he did serve as the  towns handyman, and would have had to have had some social skills. Thoreaus approach to civil disobedience appears to be similar to Kings but is more self-absorbed  and individualistic in his methods. He mentions that he does not want the government to bother him and he wont bother the government. Thoreau states that [i]t is not [his]  business to be petitioning the Governor or the Legislature any more that it is theirs to petition [him]..." ( 650). It appears that is about as emotional as Thoreau  gets. If anything Thoreau gives us an emotional warning, He who gives himself entirely to his fellow men appears to them useless and selfish; but he who gives  himself partially to them in pronounced a benefactor and philanthropist. It is doubtful if King would have gone along with this part of Thoreau due to his (Kings) fundamental  Christian upbringing. Christ is seen as a sacrifice to emulated Ethos (appeal to authority) : Thoreau considers himself, his own authority, He has already turned down working 

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