Martin Luther King Jr Rhetorical Analysis

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“Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.” - Martin Luther King Jr. Chavez, like Dr.King, is trying to show everyone and convince them that violence isn't the answer to our problems, but kindness. it goes along with the saying “ the pen is mightier than the sword” but in a different context. Instead of a pen it is our actions and instead of the ink on paper it's our words. Cesar uses a mixture of Personification, Irony, and Antitheses to prove and justify his point about non violence being the solution to life's problems.
Chavez’s uses of Personification such as the use of it within the sentence “ This observance of Dr. King’s death gives us the best possible opportunity to recall the principles with which our struggle has grown and matured.” helps us to better grasp what he is talking about by giving it a human trait that we can relate to. In another sentence Cesar says “ The burdens of generations of poverty and powerlessness lie heavy in the fields of America.” describing the problems we have within every
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Also he uses irony to show why we are so opposed to the idea of nonviolent solutions or why we have such a hard time trying to use nonviolence to solve problems when we have basically programed ourselves to use violence to solve everything. In the sentence “When victory comes through violence, it is a victory with strings attached.” Chavez very bluntly told us that a victory isn't a true victory if we resort to using violence against each other it was merely a means to an end. Also in the sentence “ If we beat the growers at the expense of violence, victory would come at the expense of injury and perhaps death.” he is telling us that by using violence we will eventually lose all regard for human life and our humanity will dwindle away until there is nothing left of
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