Analyzed Essay of Martin Luther King Jr's "A Time to Break Silence" and short comparison to Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience."

Essay by AppleCrunchHigh School, 12th gradeA, May 2008

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s essay “A Time to Break Silence” was a small but significant piece of his life and career as a minister, Nobel Peace Prize winner, husband, father, civil rights activist, president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and an important historical figure for future generations.

In this essay, Dr. King discusses why the Vietnam War is important to him. He starts with his first reason, is that he felt like the military had given a promise of hope to the poor, when the government didn’t really have the funds or intentions to fulfill their dreams. He felt that the war was almost like an attack on the poor, because it lured them to their death, in a sense.

His second reason is recognizing the reality of the war and its impact on the families it affected. Again, he felt like it was an attack on the poor, and especially African Americans, because the government thought they were good enough to fight with white soldiers, leave their families, and die for the country, but not good enough to ride the same bus, go to the same, schools, or have the same equality.

Thirdly, he writes about how people need a deeper understanding of war, and need to know that it won’t solve all of their problems. He then delves into the fact that although he is a civil rights leader, he still cares about these issues because of the people that it affects. He this talks about the responsibility he carries by receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, and how he feels that it is similar to a commission, and a commitment to work harder for the brotherhood of man.

He then goes on to speak about his religious feelings towards the war, and says that...