Martin Luther King Pathos Analysis Essay

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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 his letter he explained his frustrations with how things were being handled and how something must be done about discrimination. King used literary elements such as; ethos, pathos, and logos to enfices the idea that it was in fact the right time for change to occur. The first element king uses in his letter is Ethos. Ethos is an appeal to ethics and credibility of the speaker. The black community knows from experience the hardships they

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