Ethos Pathos Logos In Letter From Birmingham Jail

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Social activist, Martin Luther King Jr, in his letter, Letter from Birmingham Jail, addresses the exigency of changing segregation laws. King’s purpose is to emphasize the damage the segregation laws have brought upon black people. He adopts an urgent tone in order to establish that he is tired of waiting for change to occur in his clergymen readers. King appeals to emotion in his letter to the clergymen from Birmingham by declaring that he is tired of hearing the world “wait” by the people who have never felt the effects of the segregation laws. He engages his audience of clergymen through pathos by indicating some of the many struggles only black people have to deal with such as “when you are humiliated day in day out by nagging signs reading

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