How does Thoreau use rhetorical questions in his argument in "Civil Disobedience"?
Thoreau discusses the way in which people become enslaved by the law, enacting injustices simply because the law dictates that some action or other is legal or proper. He says,
A common and natural result of an undue respect for law is, that you may see a file of soldiers [...] marching in admirable order over hill and dale to the wars, against their wills, ay, against their common sense and consciences [...]. They have no doubt that it is a damnable business in which they are concerned; they are all peaceably inclined. Now, what are they? Men at all? or small movable forts and magazines, at the service of some unscrupulous man in power? [....] The mass of men serve the state thus, not as men mainly, but as machines, with their bodies.
Here, Thoreau uses rhetorical questions to enlist his audience's support, even while he makes the argument. He persuasively explains a situation that most people can imagine, being forced to participate in a conflict that one finds unnecessary at best, and...
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