Similarities Between Gandhi And Martin Luther King Jr

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Although Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Junior Jr are often thought of as archetypal equal rights advocates, a dark horse of heroism existed in a 19th century, Aristotelian poet. Shelley was brought up in a privileged, wealthy and conservative household in Sussex, England (Percy Bysshe Shelley). His lack of skill in traditional male undertakings such as sports and fighting led him to be the subject of his peers degradation, but in this corrupt childhood, emerged the seed of justice in young Shelley’s mind, a seed that ultimately sprouted into a dedication towards ameliorating social injustice and oppression, a seed that not only expressed itself in Shelley’s works, but sprouted in the works of many who came after him. Percy Bysshe Shelley…show more content…
Henry David Thoreau based his civil disobedience on Shelley’s support for peaceful protests through acts of nonviolence: which was only the beginning. Followed by Thoreau, Mahatma Gandhi's legacy came next. His ideals and means of nonviolent protests during the British invasion in the 60’s in india stemmed from Shelley. Mahatma Gandhi stated, “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. ... We need not wait to see what others do” (Gandhi). Shelley’s original radical and esoteric views evolved by Mahatma Gandhi’s time and more people became understanding of the concept of peaceful protest. In the matter of a 100 years, the general views of the public have evolved to become accepting of ideas that Shelley’s original views which is evident by Martin Luther King Jr’s era of fighting for equality through acts of peaceful…show more content…
President by P!NK, social equality among all people no matter the status shows through her lyric “You're not better than me. I'd like to ask you some questions if we can speak honestly.” (P!NK).” Shelley’s original concepts traveled so far into the future and his views have even become the norm in some parts of the world. “Shelley’s mastery of the lyric, but the subject matter of the poems is not only romantic but characteristically Shelleyan: poetry, love, sorrow, hope, nature, and politics” (Percey Bysshe Shelley). The term “Shelleyan” is now a term used to describe an idea of Percy Shelley’s nature. The legacy that Shelley has left for himself inspires social advocates everyday to strive to pursue in what they believe in. Shelley’s determination to advocate for what he believed in, although against the norms of his time, to write about controversial issues sparked social revolt and inspired other great social leaders to push humanity in the right

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