what are the similarities and differences between this letter and Transcendentalism.
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Transcendentalism From Letter from Birmingham Jail - Martin Luther King, Jr.
1. Paradox: Two opposite statements that join together to reveal a truth.
Main Idea: Violence will not succeed and will not make everything okay. Conflict will eventually break out again. Main Idea for Letter from Birmingham Jail – MLK Jr.
Topic: Unjust laws / MLK Jr.
Detail #1: people are hesitant to break laws
Detail #2: there are two types of laws: just/unjust
Detail #3: unjust laws are made by majority; minority don’t have right to vote à not democratic MLK was arrested for parading without a permit à they were preserving segregation People should break unjust laws peacefully and be willing to accept the penalty Paying respect to law to stay in jail for a moral cause
Main Idea: It is perfectly acceptable to break laws that are not just because the person is only looking out for the good of society.