This was specifically done to show white moderates that civil disobedience was not entirely a negative thing. Additionally, King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” had a secondary message, which urged African Americans to stick with peaceful protest and not resort to violence unlike some black nationalist groups such as the Nation of Islam led by Elijah Muhammad. King’s “I Have a Dream Speech” further built momentum for
Dr. King’s way of speech in “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” starts off with, “My Dear fellow Clergymen,” which seems oddly reserved. He had learned that Birmingham clergymen had issued a declaration critiquing him and flattering the city’s narrow-minded police influence, when Dr. King had been in solitary quarantine. Due to this, anyone could agree that Dr. King had every right to write an enraged letter. However, his topic was not to go off on this matter, but to explain himself. Thus, Dr. King starts his letter with “fellow clergymen,” which depicts the main idea of his argument, which is “brotherhood.” Angered by this critique, he maintains a diplomatic tone throughout the letter.
In Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, he uses pathos and rhetorical questions to appeal towards the readers. Pathos is showed in King’s letter when he says, “Too long has out beloved southland been bogged down in the tragic attempt to live in monologue rather than dialogue.” (7) This quote supports pathos because King is saying we should be living in a world of dialogue not monologue, also he talks about his beloved southland. This makes the readers have sympathy for the tragic issue. Rhetorical is used to appeal towards the readers in Kings letter when he states the question, “But can this assertion be logically made?” (8) This rhetorical question helps the reader think more in depth of the problem at hand.
Dr. King responded to those clergymen from his jail cell in a persuasive manner. Although Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has his critics in the clergy who argue against his civil rights demonstrations in Birmingham, he effectively uses all three types of rhetorical strategies to effectively persuade his critics by explaining why his actions are just and timely in his “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” In his response Dr. King has to establish credibility early since his audience has already been critical of his actions, and he accomplishes this immediately. He establishes a connection with a part of his intended audience, the clergymen, by stating his role in different organizations. Dr. King writes “I have the honor of serving as president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an organization operating in every southern state, with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. We have some eighty-five
The famous Martin Luther king’s letter, The wise Martin Luther king wrote this letter to not only persuade but to make a change on the rising problem which you will read in, '' Letter from Birmingham Jail ''. This famous and informative yet persuading letter touches bases on the problems that surround us, whether physically or verbally. Martin Luther king thought enough was enough and that we should take a stand. He tells us this by using lots of ways to persuade his readers by the act of using metaphors. He uses similes to give us an example of what he means.
1a. In the essay “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” by Martin Luther King Jr, the central claim is that King Jr’s work (elaborate on why it is work)is not a waste of time and effort likewise to what the Birmingham clergymen have hypothesized it is. His intro paragraphs intones that he had discovered the words of these Alabama priests, who called his nonviolent protest work “unwise and untimely”(263). He then insists that while he won’t usually respond to criticism, he will elaborate on the counter argument of these men. King never explicitly states that he believes his work is not a waste of time, but he says that he will respond to the statement and follows with an eloquently worded response.
Martin Luther King Jr. uses pathos and parallelism frequently throughout “Letters from Birmingham Jail,” to persuade the clergyman to support his actions in the civil rights movement. One example of King’s use of pathos appeals to the audience’s emotions by showing King’s confidence in his endeavors. “I have no fear about the outcome of our struggle in Birmingham; even if our motives are presently misunderstood... Abused and scorned through we may be, our destiny is tied with the destiny of America.” (Page 9) The sureness King presents in this quote both instills hope in the reader and allows them to relate to King’s passion. Parallelism, in the way King uses it, connects what seems like small problems to a larger issue.
In Letter From Birmingham Jail, the part I find most persuasive is when Dr. King tells why African-Americans can no longer wait to gain the justice and equality they deserve, and there is not a “right time” to try to gain this justice and equality. It is true that African-Americans cannot not just wait and hope that one day they will gain the equality they deserve. Instead, they must act to gain justice and equality. When people are comfortable, change is unlikely to occur. If African-Americans did not create any tension, they may have never gained the equality they have today.
“The Watsons Go to Birmingham” and “ Making Sarah Cry” both show the theme of courage. For example, the Watsons had courage to fight for their rights. In “Making Sarah Cry” the boy had courage to stand up to his “Friends” because he knew that what he was doing was wrong. Although they have a lot of reasons why are similar they show courage in very different ways like through their characters actions. They acted differently because in “ Making Sarah Cry” the boy was following his peers because he thought it was right, but he didn't understand why they did it, however in “ The Watsons Go to Birmingham” the Watsons weren’t gonna give up and they didn't care about the consequences ahead of them.
The weight of blame on the Christians for starting the fire only added insult to injury. There were many excuses as to why Romans scorned the Christians, such as misconceptions. The people of Rome did not understand the practices of the believers in Christ, and thus believed the only solution of the matter was to reject the latter from society. Another reason why Rome generally tended to persecute Christians was because Rome had a religion of their own, and the refusal of participation from the Christians vexed Romans. They sensed treason, and evicted Christians from the friendly treatment the should have been granted.
Jimmie Lee Jackson was a good leader because he was determined for equality. Jackson said, “The voting rights act is not a racial entitlement. It is a critical protection of our right to vote” (“The Martin Luther King Jr. center for nonviolent social change”). Jimmie Lee Jackson felt this act was not for one race to be put above the other, but simply everyone the right to vote. He spoke out and did what he had to do because equality was so important to him.