Summary Of Letter From Birmingham Jail

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Dr. Martin Luther King penned the letter from Birmingham jail to address the criticisms directed towards him and the praise of the bigoted police by the clergyman, in an attempt to illustrate the reasons for his civil disobedient protests and action. The letter was addressed to the Birmingham clergyman who opposed his stance and actions, residents of Birmingham and people who also opposed Dr. King’s opinions and action. In the Letter, Dr. King mainly relies on pathos with a hint of logos to develop his essay in order to convey the message effectively. Dr. King’s demeanour when he begins the letter by addressing his fellow beloved clergyman (mlk) is admirably restrained despite him discovering the statement issued by the Birmingham clergyman …show more content…

He then points out that an action that affects a person directly; the same action affects rest of the people indirectly. He exemplifies this by reminding the clergyman that any form of injustice perils justice elsewhere (mlk). Perhaps this is the most well-known sentiment with multi-faceted purposes. In the context of the Letter, it substantiates Dr. King and the SCLC’s purpose of arriving in Birmingham as they feel one with the people, liable for them and the “injustice” they were experiencing. The statement also acts as an obligation to legitimize a lot of his further proclamations. All through the end he advocates breaking unjust laws, adopting extremism, and relinquish negotiations made on bad faith. Since Dr. King created his philosophical foundations at the very beginning, his justifications for future proclamations were irreproachable. If injustice anywhere indeed threatened justice everywhere, logistically, a believer of justice must venture to put an end to injustice, not just in the name of his community, but for the sake of mankind. He claims that people must understand the purpose for nonviolent gadflies to foster a tension in society that leads to the advent of

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