Rhetorical Analysis Of Martin Luther King's Letter

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Soledad O 'Brien once said “I 've learned that fear limits you and your vision. It serves as blinders to what may be just a few steps down the road for you. The journey is valuable, but believing in your talents, your abilities, and your self-worth can empower you to walk down an even brighter path. Transforming fear into freedom.” The civil rights movement, which lasted from 1954-1968, was a social movement seeking quality for the African American population. The people of this movement used peaceful protest to accomplish their goals of gaining an equal spot at the table and no longer being discriminated against. Lead by Martin Luther King Jr., a pastor, they paved the way for African American citizens of today. On April 16th, 1963 King was in the Birmingham jail after being arrested for his protests for change. An announcement had just been published by eight southern religious leaders warning people of the dangers of the protests and calling King out on his actions of protest. Dr.King wrote a letter be in response, from a jail cell. In …show more content…

Logos is an appeal to one 's logic and reasoning to helps persuade the audience. King is a wise man and does not take things lights and puts a lot of thought into his decisions. “Then it occurred to us that the March election was ahead and so we speedily decided to postpone action until after election day...After this we felt that direct action could be delayed no longer.” (para 8). They took into consideration the election and decided to wait till after the election but felt that they could no longer wait for their spot at the table. They people have been waiting patiently for many years but are no longer able to sit quickly. “There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over, and men are no longer willing to be plunged into an abyss of despair.” (para 13). They are no longer able to to live this way. Their time for equality has come. It can no longer be pushed

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