Rhetorical Analysis Of Letter From Birmingham Jail

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The most noticeable form of persuasion Dr.King uses is Logos. In the beginning of the letter Dr.King gives his reasoning for being in Birmingham to protest and why he is in jail. He states: “Just as the eight–century prophets left their little villages and carried their ‘thus saith the Lord’ far beyond the boundaries of their hometowns; and just as the Apostle Paul left his little village of Tarsus and carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to practically every hamlet and city of the Greco-Roman world, I too am compelled to carry the gospel of the freedom beyond my particular hometown.” (14-17) Stated by Dr.King. He is trying to say that his goal isn't to cause chaos rather to spread the idea of freedom. Since Dr.King is writing to religious people he is aiming to appeal to their knowledge of their religion. Since you can assume the audience has strong religious beliefs , relating his duty to religious duties can persuade the audience easily. As the Letter continues King explains why he is leading …show more content…

King uses is pathos. In the very first paragraph of the letter King writes about his experience with the claims by the audience. He says that he usually never answers criticism but in this case since his audiences are “Men of genuine good and [their] criticisms are sincerely set forth, [he] would like to answer [their] statement in what [he] hope[s] will be patient and reasonable terms” (4-5). Dr.King compliments his audience so they feel important and sets a friendly tone. He goes on to say that he will make reasonable terms making the audience feel sympathy for him taking thetime to think out and respond to their statements as well as giving himself some credibility. Since he made this his first paragraph he sets a friendly envirement with himself and the audience. Now instead of seeing him as an outsider causing problems and chaos , the audience sees Dr. King as a friend and are more open minded for the rest of the

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