Rhetorical Devices In Letter From Birmingham Jail

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In the ever changing world, the most drastic change of all is the time period of the civil rights movement. There’s many historical figures that emerged from this time period, and one of those figures being Martin Luther King Jr. MLK was known for being an incredible spokesperson, a kind, loving man, and was a strong leader for nonviolence to achieve equal rights for Black Americans. King was an incredible individual and helped many African Americans receive their equality they rightfully deserved. King achieved this through speeches, on being his famous “I have a dream” which he said in front of thousands on August 28th 1963 at the Lincoln memorial in Washington D.C. He also wrote the letter from Birmingham jail when he was arrested in Alabama on April 16th 1963, which put an end to fallacies said by eight Alabama clergymen. King’s letter is effective because it conveys emotion, helps the audience understand the difficulties the African American people have faced in hopes of changing how they view protesting in hopes of gaining more support to put an end to segregation, Jim Crow laws, discrimination, etc. King’s letter uses a strong tone, and extensive vocabulary which gives the audience a sense of insight to what King is trying to say in his letter. Also, King’s letter shows strong uses of …show more content…

An example he mentions in his letter is when he says “we have some eighty-five affiliated organizations across the South and one of them is the Alabama Christian movement for Human Rights” (King, 2). Another example is when King says “I have been arrested on a charge of parading without a permit” (King, 8). King uses these examples to help the audience understand how the civil rights movement needs protesting to change and put an end to these problems they’ve had to deal with for countless

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