The letter was a response to a newspaper article that he read while in jail, where eight white clergymen were criticizing his recent actions that sent him to jail. Now we are going to look more in depth at M.L.K’s speech and the letter. One item that I realized is that Martin Luther King Jr. uses a ton of logical and emotional appeal. Throughout both the speech and the letter, Martin Luther King Jr. does a better job strengthening his logical appeal over emotional appeal. First off, we will start with examples from the “I Have a Dream” speech.
It tells the story of Jefferson an uneducated black man, that was wrongly convicted of the robbery and murder of a white man. After being sentenced to death, his godmother and Miss Emma convince local plantation school teacher Grant Wiggins to go to the jail to teach Jefferson to be an educated man. At the end the person who ends up learning the real lesson before dying is Grant, after him and Jefferson forge a close bond. In the story A Lesson Before Dying the author Gains never truly reveals which character, Grant or Jefferson, actually learns the lesson of being a man, but through characterization and setting Gains shows that Grant learns the true lesson of becoming a man. The characterization of Grant Wiggins helps portray his true character and how he changes throughout the story.Throughout the story Grant is portrayed as selfish and doesn’t seem to care for anyone but
The principal explains to him that he doesn’t know what he is doing because there will be both black and white people in the audience. He decides to show his uncle both the speeches and his uncle agrees that the principals speech is the best of the 2. Richard decides to read his own speech at the graduation because it is important to him that the thoughts people hear from the speech are his own. This scenario in the book further shows us the theme of how black and white people speak to each other and how that is different from the way the races are expected to speak to each other. The fact that black people are not supposed to have their own thoughts because they don’t understand the world hence the principal writing the speech for him.
Terry Struggles to find out the cause of his father’s disorder, therefore he is unable to accept him. The theme of the story “Stop the Sun” is that understanding brings acceptance and this is shown to the reader through Terry’s frustration, embarrassment and finally his understanding. The theme which is understanding brings acceptance is shown through Terry’s frustration. After asking his mother about his father’s PTSD, he was told it was because of the war, but Terry knew there was something else, something specific that had happened; “ But it bothered him whenever it happened. When something bothered him, he liked to stay with it until he understood it and he understood not part of this”(50).
The jury had a murder case that dealt with a nineteen-year-old man that was accused of murdering his father from several people. If the man was found guilty of the crime, then he would be sentenced to death. Each one of the jurors came to their own decision deciding whether or not the defendant was guilty of the crime or not. The rising action in the play is that only Juror #8 found the defendant innocent and all the other jurors found him guilty of the crime. In order for the jury to make a decision, they needed a unanimous vote.
Through this conversation, the narrator gained respect and insight on Sonny's life in the times that he was not there. Sonny was cryptic in his speaking at first but eventually made it very clear to his brother and even said, "the reason I wanted to leave Harlem so bad was to get away from drugs" (89). The narrator does not have much to say, but ultimately blames all of this on the "vivid, killing streets of [their] childhood" (73), that neither of them had truly escaped. He once thought they both had, him by becoming a teacher and Sonny by simply not living in Harlem for years, but in this moment, he realizes that not much has really changed - they still faced those streets, the only difference now was that they knew what they inherit. Sonny convinced his brother to come watch him play - the narrator knowing he could not possibly say no.
He no longer had a specific personality, due to him reliving each day. He went from this lonely anchorman, to walking in front of a car or trying to electrocute himself. What made Phil lose his sense of self identity in the first place, was the fact that he noticed he did not have any responsibilities anymore; because he will just wake up the next day like yesterday never happened. So Phil just decided to do anything he wanted and be anything he wanted to be. The first theme that I found was Phil 's loss of self identity.
Captain Hadley plays a major role in the physical abuse at the prison. Hadley later beats inmate Boggs with his baton while another guard held him down. Morgan Freeman narrated Boggs never walked again and that he spent the rest of his days drinking his food through a straw. The corruption in Shawshank started with Warden Norton’s work program for inmates to do a service to the community. Warden Norton took a bribe from Ed so that Ed could secure a job to keep his business from going under.
This journal article belabours the point that is also a common theme in “The Autobiography of Malcolm X”: Malcolm’s changing views on civil rights. Again as a result of his tumultuous childhood because of the “white man”, Malcolm generalizes all white people as essentially haters of blacks because of the negative experiences he’s had with them and the tragic ways they treated him. But, as he grows older and matures, Malcolm has the eye-opening experience of seeing people of all colors worship next to each other. This is an interaction between blacks and whites that creates a positive environment as an outcome. Because of this experience, Malcolm X becomes less resilient to the idea that people of all colors can coexist.
12 Angry Men" focuses on a jury 's deliberations in a capital murder case. A 12-man jury is sent to begin deliberations in the first-degree murder trial of an 18-year-old man accused in the stabbing death of his father, where a guilty verdict means an automatic death sentence. The case appears to be open-and-shut: The defendant has a weak alibi; a knife he claimed to have lost is found at the murder scene; and several witnesses either heard screaming, saw the killing or the boy fleeing the scene. Eleven of the jurors immediately vote guilty; only Juror No. 8 (Mr. Davis) casts a not guilty vote.
There is a trial going on of an African American named Jefferson for the murder of a white shopkeeper, Alcee Grope. With this being said, alcohol played a major part of many characters in this novel. One of the character was, Jefferson, who was not able to defend himself because he was too drunk to remember the day of the murder. There was no evidence
Dally gave Ponyboy and Johnny a gun and got put in jail for it. Johnny killed a guy in self defense, and said that if he ever got caught, he would get the electric chair, and if Ponyboy ever got caught he would be sent to the reformatory. When Dally was 10 years old he even got put in jail. This shows that the law is unfair because normal people doing something like that would not get something like the electric chair, or get put in jail at 10 years old, but because the greasers are poor, they usually get more harsh punishments. If the same things happened to the Socs, they probably would of gotten off without any punishment, a warning at the least.
And also, “It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself to go and humble myself to a nigger” (Twain 107). This feeling still occurs in chapters up to around 31 where Huck still holds himself accountable to the strict racist rules of his community, where giving a black man power is perceived as a “low-down thing” . Huck 's language and “racist” comments help Mark Twain convey his racist setting and helping to focus that mirror on this time period. What could have the reader extracted from the book if Huck had no racist feeling toward Jim and did not have this underlying hatred and
Juror Eight’s passionate opinion about the defendant’s innocence helps persuade the other jurors to change their view on the matter. The defendant faces the death penalty if the jury votes him guilty for the first degree murder of his father. Immediately after the first half of the trial the jury converges in the conference room and takes their first vote. The main protagonist, Juror Eight, becomes clear when the results of the first vote are told to be eleven to one in favor of guilty. Juror Eight states, “It’s not so easy for me to raise my hand and send a boy off to die without talking about it first” (Rose 231).
In the classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Tom Robinson, a black man, is unfairly accused and later found guilty of a crime he didn 't commit. While talking to Jem and Scout Finch, Ms. Maudie says “Atticus Finch won’t win, he can’t win, but he’s the only man in these parts who can keep a jury out so long in a case like that. And I thought to myself, well, we’re making a step – it’s just a baby-step, but it’s a step.” During our recent “Socratic Seminar”, Adam Ross made an insightful comment. He argued that the events that took place in the courtroom that night were not a step in the right direction, as the time that the jury took was just part of the due process of the court. He stated that the time the jury took wasn’t a representation