The idea of the consequences of an unjust society and an individual’s personal responsibility when a witness to injustice.Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau is the idea of standing up for something in a well-behaved manner.
The Letter From Birmingham City Jail by Martin Luther King Jr. is about how he wants to be treated equally with the rest of the people. Both believe in standing up for something to fight for something but having to do it with no violence. Only in a civil manner will things progress. Showing these actions will surely make things change. Violence is not the solution for change.
Henry David Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience expresses how he feels about government during his time. When a government is unjust, that person should refuse to follow the law and distance themselves from the government. Thoreau argues that the United States fits his description for an unjust government, given it was supportive of the idea of slavery and also its practice of aggressive war.
As stated in the text, “A common and natural result of an undue respect for law is, that you may see a file of soldiers, colonel, captain, corporal, privates, powder-monkeys”This exemplifies that he believes aggressive violence is not the answer. Behaving like savages in war is not the way to go. Thoreau refused to pay taxes and spent a night in jail.
He detached himself from the government. Thoreau believes this form of protest was preferable to make a change in government.The letter from Birmingham City Jail by Martin Luther King Jr. was a letter that proved how Martin Luther King deserved to be treated equally. This letter to the clergymen shows them that he is well-educated and is capable no matter the skin color or anything else they think he deserves to be treated with respect. Instead of King showing unhinged behaviors and using inappropriate language, he wrote a letter displaying his intelligence. It states in the letter, “ In any non.