Rhetorical Devices In Letter From Birmingham Jail

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In this letter by Martin Luther King Jr., he wants to explain to the eight clergymen why he has been jailed. He wants to show them that what he was doing was necessary. The clergymen were confused and upset about his image and wrote a statement explaining their own views. After reading this statement, King wanted to have these men completely educated on the matter. King does this by persuading his audience, using various rhetorical devices. Martin Luther King Jr. obviously used many rhetorical strategies to persuade these clergymen into hearing his side of the story, but there are a few that he uses numerous times throughout this letter. He used many rhetorical questions in order to let the men think about what they were accusing. In the

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