Compare And Contrast How It Feels To Be Colored Me And The Letter From Birmingham Jail

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In How It Feels To Be Colored Me by Zora Neal Hurston well as in The Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King Jr both authors convey what it feels like to be face with race issues.The two essays shed light on the social issues in different ways. The essays show the struggles of life when those around the two authors do not fully grasp the concept. Both Hertz and King use tone, their audience, and point of view to get their point across with the goal of bringing a better understanding to their audience. The tone and these essays are important because they help the audience relate to the piece. King’s tone is persuasive as well as educated. King's persuasive tone helps him bring people to see what he believes is common sense. “ The nations of Asia and Africa are moving with jet like speed towards the goal of …show more content…

The audience affects his letter because he is now keeping in mind exactly how to get his audience where he wants them to be. Knowing That his audience are clergyman King uses biblical allusions, for example, “...and just as Apostle Paul left hus little village of Tarsus and carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to practically every hamlet and city in the Graeco- Roman world…” ( The Letter from Birmingham Jail),to help his audience understand his position. On the other hand, Hurston does not have a set audience. She uses personal experience to get the same level of understanding King gains with his readers. By not having a set audience and Hurston is able to reach more people with her essay. Her goal is that her readers do not pity her, to do this she mentions her friend in this way, “ Music! The great blobs of purple and red emotion have not touched him. He has only heard what I felt.” (How It Feels to be Colored Me). Both Hurston and King set to change the point of view on social issues by asking their audience to look further than what is in front of

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