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King's citation of Socrates

King also uses his historical and literary allusions to Socrates to gain power as he cites, "Just as Socrates felt that it was necessary to create a tension in the mind so that individuals could rise from the bondage of myths and half-truths to the unfettered realm of creative analysis and objective appraisal, we must see the need for nonviolent gadflies to create the kind of tension in society that will help men rise from the dark depths of prejudice and racism to the majestic heights of understanding and brotherhood."

What do you think is the effect of Kings's citing of Socrates?

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As you consider the effects of King's allusion to Socrates, you might contemplate several ramifications. First of all, it creates a strong appeal to authority. By citing Socrates' powerful ...

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King's citation of Socrates is briefly explained.