Students first read “Ideas Live On,” a speech that Benazir Bhutto delivered in 2007. Students consider how Bhutto introduces and develops central ideas in the text, such as exercise of power and the relationship between the individual and the state, paying particular attention to her use of rhetoric. Next, students analyze the complex ideas and language in Henry David Thoreau’s essay, “Civil Disobedience.” In addition to exploring Thoreau’s ideas, students consider the power of his language, in particular how his use of rhetoric and figurative language establishes his point of view.
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