Rhetorical Analysis Of Letter From Birmingham Jail By Martin Luther King Jr

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“ I have a dream”, said MLK in his argumentative speech. Why you ask? He is trying to fight for African American rights. The speech “I Have a Dream” by Martin Luther king Junior, is one of the speeches, trying to change the future of African Americans. This speech was presented at the Washington Monument to the public. The next document is a letter called “Letter From Birmingham Jail”, by Martin Luther King Junior. This is the second document that is giving people hope for changing the world for African Americans, but this letter was not presented in public, it was telling 8 white Clergymen why MLK believes that we all should have equal rights.Both pieces of literature King is giving reasons why we should believe in African Americans having the same rights. King uses a number of different kinds of argumentative techniques, but we are only going to look at two d kinds. They are called logos and pathos. …show more content…

citizens. Kings point of view is being represented by facts and general information, these are called logos. “When the achits of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.” (king 261). By mentioning the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution this shows that this speech is persuading people by using logic and fact. Another way he is expressing what he thinks is right is by using charged language or arose emotions, called pathos. King uses a very great amount of pathos to catch people's attention. “We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of the travel, cannot gain lodging in motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities.” (King 263) fKing is getting the attention of his audience by giving his opinion and the making an emotional argument towards his

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