Literary Elements In Civil Disobedience

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Through any and every writing, an author has a point hidden within literary elements. With literary elements authors develop a style to their writing to prove the point they intended from the beginning. There are many various literary elements to make up a rhetorical situation, to develop a side of ideas, some very commonly used in especially rhetorical situations. Like allusion, hyperbole, rhetorical questions, hypophora, and commonly simile. Mohandas K. Gandhi and Henry David Thoreau speak of and develop similar government opinions and points, through their interpretations of Civil Disobedience through literary elements; they prove similar points of civil disobedience but with their own style of writing and use of rhetorical devices. Thoreau uses hypophora multiple times throughout Civil Disobedience, which by definition is raising one or more questions and answering them directly after. Thoreau states (pg. 371-72 lines 31-39) “Can there not be a government in which majorities do not virtually decide only those questions to…show more content…
When Thoreau uses allusion, to relate his message through history or another component that readers can relate and understand Thoreau’s message clearer. Quoted from Thoreau, (pg. 372 lines 75-78) “Others as most legislators, politicians, lawyers, ministers, and office-holders serve the state chiefly with their heads; and, as they rarely make any moral distinctions, they are as likely to serve the Devil, without intending it, as God.” Comparing how the citizens working for the government are ignorant to the fact it is for the worse and not the good, like working for the devil without thinking it is god. The government fools citizens working for the government, thinking they are working for someone of great power, that will never let you down, like a god figure, but truly working for evil, that the devil
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