Rhetorical Devices In Letter From Birmingham Jail

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What are rhetorical devices? How can they be used? Martin Luther King Jr. numerous rhetorical devices in the “Letter from Birmingham Jail” writing to clergymen who wrote a public letter calling King’s actions “unwise and untimely” and telling him to “wait.” Despite Martin Luther King Jr. using many rhetorical devices in his letter, ethos and anaphora are the most powerful, for they increase credibility and create rhythm and urgency. MLK uses ethos by letting the readers (clergymen) understand his educational status and his role as a religious leader. King builds upon his ethos by citing a saint: “I would agree with St. Augustine that ‘An unjust law is no law at all.’” This builds King’s ethos, increasing his credibility, because he is citing
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