Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter From Birmingham City Jail

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The Civil rights movement was a long and hard fight for freedom in our nation. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the many people who devoted themselves and fought for the movement. He did it in hope to make the world a better place. Outraged and indignant, Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham city jail” addresses the events that took place in the name of freedom. Martin Luther King Jr. reflects on the events, through his use of tone, rhetorical appeals, and rhetorical tools. In the passage “Letters from Birmingham city jail” his Diction [word choice] really helps him exemplify how upset he is about the events of the past few days. He really uses his diction to also explain why all of the racial injustice is wrong. He talks about …show more content…

He feels that they should have the right to their peaceful protests. He describes the officers’ actions as “ Ugly and inhumane” (paragraph 2, King) because of the hatred they have for the Negro people. King simply does not understand how his fellow brothers of the church could praise these officers’. By using these words to describe the officers, he is trying to depict how people actually treat him and his people. He’s showing them that what they’re praising is wrong. King just wants to see the “immoral end of flagrant racial injustice” (paragraph 3, King) he has stated this often throughout his whole letter to his fellow clergymen. I feel that he states this as kind of a statement that he will not stop till eventually they are free of racial injustice. Throughout his letter he uses a lot of different word choice, some of this helps him create imagery to explain more in depth. He uses his imagery to compel the reader into listening. Some examples of his imagery would be when he stated: “Before the pen of Thomas Jefferson etched across the pages of history…we were here” (paragraph 1, King) He is essentially stating that they were here even before we ourselves had freedom, and that they should have the same

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