Summary Of Letter From Birmingham Jail

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Analysis of “Letter from Birmingham Jail” Civil rights activist, Martin Luther King Jr., in his text, “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” is fighting against racial injustice. King is writing from a jail in Birmingham, where he is being held for fighting civil rights in a nonviolent way. King sends his letter to the eight white clergy men defending himself against all of the false accusations he has been accused of. Ultimately, his letter maintains a passionate yet hopeful tone, as it defends his strategy of nonviolent resistance to racism and oppression. Dr. King uses diction in the beginning of the text to help him break through the national barrier of racial injustice. King begins his fight against racial injustice when he writes "We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny." Through metaphorical language king is meaning that you can separate blacks and whites but you can't separate us as a nation "One nation under God" meaning we will all end up in …show more content…

He explains "We have waited for more than 340 years for our constitutional God given rights." He uses overstatement to emphasize God's word should dictate how society is run, but unfortunately he and his black brethren are still suffering from the effects of racism established long ago. King illustrates "The teachings of Christ take time to come to earth such an attitude of misconception of time, from the strangly irrational notion that there is something in the very flow of time that will incapably cure all ills." King also says "Actually, time itself is neutral; it can be used either destructively or constructively." He alludes to Christ to appeal emotionally to the reader and to show that time is everything when trying to settle a racial dispute. King questions rights to religion and shows how the word of God can solve their

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