The Scarlet Letter

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Anish Singhal

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1. Martin Luther King Jr. is one of the most influential men during the 1900's, because he continued to preach equality while being arrested, beaten, and threatened several times. In his "Letter From Birmingham Jail," King respectfully argues how black men are being treated unjustly by whites. His best argument comes from when King's daughter asks him several questions about racial discrimination. Within this paragraph, King describes several cases of when he and his people have been tortured, "But when you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will and drown your sisters and brothers at whim…an affluent society." This series of events provides a strong argument because it uses personal experience, pathos, ethos, and common moral values, which are all strong types of evidence. King then appeals to all men who are fathers when he demonstrates some of the questions that King's son asks him, 'Daddy, why do white people treat colored people so mean?', when you take a cross-country drive and find it necessary to sleep night after night in the uncomfortable corners of your automobile because no motel will accept you."

This quote appeals to all fathers who have young sons, because all fathers try hard to shelter their kids from the harsh realities of life. Therefore, when kids as young as five years old are starting to realize racial discrimination, fathers begin to worry that they are failing in protecting their children.

2. Main characters in a book are often created with the purpose of establishing a point. In Anthem by Ayn Rand, Equality serves as the character to alter the society built upon collectivism rather than individualism. Equality is introduced by being different than his brothers since birth. He's taller, stronger, and smarter. By setting his differences...