Rhetorical Analysis Of Letter From Birmingham Jail

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¨Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”(King 582). Martin Luther King Jr was a civil rights activist who fought for civil rights; he wrote to eight white clergymen in jail. King got arrested for fighting for African American rights. King was very passionate and emotional about civil rights. Martin Luther King Jr. suggested the idea of people having a moral responsibility to infringe on unjust laws. King uses the aid of rhetorical appeals, logos, pathos, and ethos, to convince the clergyman that his actions were appropriate. In MLK’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail" , King uses the rhetorical appeal ethos to convince the clergyman his actions were appropriate. While King was confined in Birmingham city jail, the clergyman made a recent statement calling his present activities ¨unwise and untimely.¨ King is trying to prove to the clergyman that he is credible. King uses the phrase, “I have the honor of serving as president of the Southern Christian” (King 581). King believes he is elite to the clergymen by exclaiming he has the honor of serving as president for the south. King is also …show more content…

King uses facts to allude to his actions being appropriate. For example, King voices facts about blacks' constitutional rights. Dr. King announces, “We have waited for more than 340 years for our constitutional and God-given rights”(King 582). King feels as if America is doing less than other nations to gain political independence. King also states a fact about organization across the south. In the, ¨Letter from Birmingham Jail '' King notes, "We have some eighty five affiliated organizations across the south and one of them is the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights¨(King 581). King uses things he has seen or others have seen as facts to show logos. He has seen many terrible things that have been done to the blacks. King tries to show many rhetorical appeals to the clergymen to convince them more and

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