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Letter from a Birmingham Jail - Letter from a Birmingham Jail      Is an individual ever morally justified in breaking a law?  The answer to this question is yes.  There are several reasons that have made me believe that it is morally justifiable in breaking the law; however the most convincing comes from Dr. Martin Luther King in his letter from a Birmingham Jail.  " We can never forget what that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal..." (Classic Arguments 668).  King went on in his letter to say that it would be against man made law to help a jew in Nazi Germany.  What King said in his letter has to make a person think that not all laws are good for the group in society and morality is a justifiable excuse...   [tags: Letter from Birmingham Jail]
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Letter from Birmingham Jail - Race. It is a word that is associated with many thoughts, words, and emotions. The color of peoples' skin is the first thing that is noticed. Throughout history people have judged and mistreated because they were of the wrong  race. A prime example of this is the racial tension between blacks and whites. The driving force behind this tension is the past. For many years blacks were mistreated and abused based solely on the color of the skin. In Martin Luther King J.R.'s "Letter from Birmingham  Jail", he uses references to the past and people of the past to strengthen his point....   [tags: Letter from Birmingham Jail Essays] 613 words
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The Philosophy of Nonviolence of Dr. Martin Luther King in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Letter from a Birmingham Jail gave the people an insight into the mind and his unwillingness to give up on his dream for better life and respect for ‘Negroes’. However, it was not just his mentality we have an insight on but also his philosophy, his mantra. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a devoted Christian and refused to use cruel, demeaning words and unnecessary violence to get his points across to the people. He fought against the injustices brought on upon the black people by the ‘white power’ in Birmingham....   [tags: Letter from a Birmingham Jail] 1340 words
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Letter from a Birmingham Jail and The Declaration of Individualism - Letter from a Birmingham Jail and The Declaration of Individualism Although the time periods and goals may be different the method for bringing about change is usually the same, this method is protest. This method is supported by two different people, in two different time periods, with two different goals; these two people are Thomas Jefferson and Martin Luther King Junior. Martin Luther King Junior's letter from a Birmingham Jail was an expression of his encouragement for protest against tradition and established laws and a justification for his actions....   [tags: Letter from Birmingham Jail] 849 words
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Pathos in MLK Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail - Pathos in MLK, Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail   In his "Letter," Martin Luther King Jr.'s ability to effectively use pathos, or to appeal to the emotions of his audiences, is evident in a variety of places. More particularly in paragraph fourteen, King demonstrates his ability to inspire his fellow civil rights activists, invoke empathy in the hearts of white moderates, and create compassion in the minds of the eight clergyman to which the "Letter" is directed. In response to the clergyman's claim that his use of direct action was "untimely," King states, "We have waited for more than 340 years for our constitutional and God-given rights." As you can see, this statement is in d...   [tags: Letter from Birmingham Jail] 579 words
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Mr. Luther King's Letter From Birmingham Jail - "Martin Luther King Jr.'s letter from Birmingham Jail, which was written in April 16, 1963, is a passionate letter that addresses and responds to the issue and criticism that a group of white clergymen had thrown at him and his pro- black American organization about his and his organization's non- violent demonstrative actions against racial prejudice and injustice among black Americans in Birmingham. King writes the letter to defend his organization's actions and the letter is also an appeal to the people, both the white and black American society, the social, political, and religious community, and the whole of American society to encourage desegregation and encourage solidarity and equal...   [tags: Letter From Birmingham Jail King Essays] 408 words
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Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail - Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail      Martin Luther King Jr. writes the Clergymen that have written him a letter disputing his actions in Birmingham. King is disturbed and offended by the Clergymen disagreeing with his purpose in Birmingham. King say he normally does not respond to criticism because it would waste to much precious time, but since these were men of good will he wanted to give his answers to their statements. In King's letter he appeals to many emotions as pathos, ethos, and logos to appeal to his audience....   [tags: Letter Birmingham Jail Luther King Essays] 1150 words
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter From a Birmingham Jail - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s “Letter From a Birmingham Jail” In King’s essay, “Letter From Birmingham Jail”, King brilliantly employs the use of several rhetorical strategies that are pivotal in successfully influencing critics of his philosophical views on civil disobedience. King’s eloquent appeal to the logical, emotional, and most notably, moral and spiritual side of his audience, serves to make “Letter From Birmingham Jail” one of the most moving and persuasive literary pieces of the 20th century....   [tags: Letter From Birmingham Jail Essays civil rights]
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Exploration of Civil Disobedience in Sophocles' Antigone, King's Letter from Birmingham Jail, and Plato's From Crito - Exploration of Civil Disobedience in Sophocles' Antigone, King's Letter from Birmingham Jail, and Plato's From Crito Civil disobedience spawns a major and widely debated issue by many who established by well-known intelligent scholars and many examples of civil disobedience become displayed. The acts of civil disobedience can be noted in major works such as Sophocles?s Antigone, King?s ?Letter from Birmingham Jail?, or even from Plato?s ?from Crito?. A specific claim exemplified throughout these works make that civil disobedience races in gaining popularity and should remain allowed, and continued to be seen as a solution to reform poorly established laws....   [tags: Antigone Letter Birmingham Jail Crito] 582 words
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Morals in Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown and King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail - Morals are set standards of right and wrong for society as a whole. One ’s self image of morals are what the individual thinks is right and wrong according to what he or she learns; however, this “Internal compass” can be influenced because society controls most of what they learn. One’s self image of morals allows an individual to provide compelling arguments, provides emotional stability and allows for an individual to have predetermined views of right and wrong; on account of the fact that said individuals choose to follow the revolutionary figures who provide a strong base for the creation of one’s self image of morals....   [tags: Letter from Birmingham Jail, 2014]
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The Letter from Birmingham Jail - On April 16, 1963, from a jail in Birmingham, Alabama, Martin Luther King Jr. composed an extensive letter to eight clergymen who condemned the timing of the civil rights movement. Although the letter was addressed to these eight clergymen, the Letter from Birmingham Jail speaks to a national audience, especially King’s “Christian and Jewish brothers”(King, 29). His peaceful but firm letter serves as a remarkably persuasive voice to an immensely chaotic mess, and is seen as a major turning point in the civil rights movement....   [tags: Martin Luther King] 1038 words
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An Analysis of Letter from a Birmingham Jail - Letter from a Birmingham Jail was written by Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. in April of 1963, as he sat, as the title states, in a Birmingham, Alabama jail. King had been jailed for his participation in a peaceful protest of segregation in public places such as lunch counters and public restrooms (Berkley, 2003). While jailed, King read a criticism of the protest by a group of white ministers, who felt such demonstrations “directed and in part led by outsiders” were “unwise and untimely”, suggesting that blacks should wait for the court system to work....   [tags: Analysis, Martin Luther King Jr.] 1087 words
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Analysis of Letter From A Birmingham Jail - In the year of 1963, Martin Luther King was imprisoned for peacefully marching in a parade as a nonviolent campaign against segregation. In Martin Luther King’s essay “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” the paragraphs that have the most emotional appeal are, just as the critics say, paragraphs thirteen and fourteen. King tugs at the reader’s emotions in these specific paragraphs using very detailed examples about the difficult, heart-wrenching misfortunes that have happened to the African American society and what they had to endure on a daily basis in Birmingham by using metaphors, contrasts, alliteration, anaphora, and imagery....   [tags: martin luther king, emotional appeal, emotions]
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King's Argument in A Letter from Birmingham Jail - King's Argument in A Letter from Birmingham Jail In Dr. King's essay 'Letter from Birmingham Jail' he addresses the claims made about his arrest by the eight clergymen. His responses are very long and detailed, giving a very compelling and moving point of view. His letter is directed to his audience, which consists of white middle class citizens who Dr. King refers to as the 'white moderates'. Dr. King's letter is very persuasive because his use of pathos makes the audience think or imagine themselves in the situation....   [tags: Luther King Birmingham Jail Essays Papers]
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Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King - One of the most skillfully written compositions was done in a jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who was heading a national political movement for the recognizable equal treatment of colored people wrote a letter to his fellow clergy men while being imprisoned. In one article, he was able to address not only the clergy, but a wide, diverse audience, send his message across thoroughly, and affect millions of lives because of his purpose and the different personas he assumed....   [tags: MLK Martin Luther King Birmingham Jail] 1122 words
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A Letter From a Birmingham Jail - A Letter From a Birmingham Jail In Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," his thoughts and ideas are directly stated, well expressed, explained, and illustrated. King's style of writing gives the reader a clear glimpse into the world with which he struggled and allows his letter to be powerfully effective. In the introductory paragraph, King introduces his reason for writing the letter and details who the audience is to be. He explains that he rarely answers criticisms and gives his reasons for answering this particular one....   [tags: Papers] 719 words
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Martin Luther King's Letter from Birmingham Jail - It was change created by a human for the human, a change which made the life of others livable. During the civil rights movement in America in 1960’s various techniques were used to gain the civil rights for the black people in a series of which came the “Letter form Birmingham jail” written by Martin Luther King himself. King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail" was a profound and persuasive written argument which captured the emotions of many people encompassing rigid life experiences, educated observances, and deeply rooted spiritual beliefs....   [tags: Civil Rights King Birmingham] 1166 words
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Themes of The Holy Bible and Letter from Birmingham Jail - Themes of The Holy Bible and Letter from Birmingham Jail Arguably, throughout history, the most influential book ever written has been “The Holy Bible.” Whether it is a historical document, a children’s story, a fable, a story of moral lessons, or a multitude of novels; “The Holy Bible” and its themes have been passed down through generations. If one were to look at “The Holy Bible” as a whole then one could say that the themes of the Bible are all about freedom and how one has a responsibility to keep that freedom....   [tags: Bible, Non-violence] 1437 words
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Shooting an Elephant and Letter from Birmingham Jail - ... There were those who had the unfortunate circumstance of being put in jail by their oppressors. George Orwell gives us a very good picture of how they were treated; “The wretched prisoners huddling in stinking cages of the lock-ups, the grey, cowed faces of the long-term convicts, the scarred buttocks of the men who had been flogged with bamboos – all of these oppressed me with guilt.” (Orwell 573). Dr. King never mentions his treatment in jail, but he does tell us why he was in jail. Dr. King was put incarcerated because he and other African Americans were protesting the treatment of blacks in Birmingham....   [tags: white oppressors]
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Rhetorical Analysis of the Letter from Birmingham Jail - ... In paragraph 2, King outlines the hierarchical leadership in his organization and the relationship between his organizations with other organizations that are contrary to the obvious reason he was striding to. It is of absolute no impact to tell the clergymen of the honor he serves as a president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He ought to have stated the exact reasons of his coming to the City and the link of the same to the mandates of the organization. I believe this was to reveal much on himself and the position he was in the SCLC and it was a nice approach to give them detailed information (The Atlantic Monthly, 78)....   [tags: Marting Luther King Jr, american history]
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Rhetorical Analysis of Letter from Birmingham Jail - In the “Letter from Birmingham Jail” (Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail) written by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. the three artistic appeals of Aristotle are plainly apparent, especially logos. Dr. King repeatedly appeals to logos (Ruszkiewicz) throughout the entire piece; particularly when he says he was initially disappointed at being categorized as an extremist then gradually gained a matter of satisfaction from the label. He is very impassioned in his language and tone in this part of the letter, yet still makes a strong argument for logic....   [tags: Martin Luther King]
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Martin Luther King: Letter from Birmingham Jail - Martin Luther King: Letter from Birmingham Jail Martin L. King in Birmingham In 1963, living in Birmingham, Alabama was tough to live in due to how segregated it was. Everything from businesses, diners, libraries, churches, and even bathrooms were segregated. Martin L. King went to Birmingham because he was called by affiliates from the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights contacted him in aiding them on a nonviolent direct action program. He wanted to help because of the injustices there and was said that anything unjust in Birmingham ultimately affects everyone....   [tags: civil rights, activists, segregation]
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Comparing Letter from a Birmingham Jail and Civil Disobedience - Martin Luther King and Henry David Thoreau each write exemplary persuasive essays that depict social injustice and discuss civil disobedience, which is the refusal to comply with the law in order to prove a point. In his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” King speaks to a specific audience: the African Americans, and discusses why he feels they should bring an end to segregation. Thoreau on the other hand, in “Civil Disobedience,” speaks to a broader, non-addressed audience as he largely expresses his feelings towards what he feels is an unjust government....   [tags: compare/contrast]
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Letter From Birmingham Jail - Letter From Birmingham Jail The American civil rights movement through the 1950's and 60's was a turning point for our country as a whole. Probably the most influential leader of that time was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. King became a leader because of his ability to captivate crowds with his powerful speeches. One of the most important letters he wrote was while he was incarcerated in Birmingham, Alabama. The letter was to eight fellow clergymen that were from Alabama....   [tags: Papers] 718 words
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Martin Luther King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail - Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” is an excellent example of an effective argument; it was written in response to an editorial addressing the issue of Negro demonstrations and segregation in Alabama at the time. He writes in a way that makes his argument approachable; he is not attacking his opposition, which consists of eight Alabama clergymen who wrote the editorial. This is illustrated in his opening sentence: “My dear Fellow Clergymen” (464). King was an activist for civil rights during this time, and came to Alabama to help out his fellow brothers that were facing opposition....   [tags: Martin Luther King Letter Jail essays]
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Letter from Birmingham Jail, An Analysis - Compelling, unfaltering and powerful are the three best words to describe Letter from Birmingham Jail. Martin Luther King Jr's intelligence is only exceeded by his amazing ability to illustrate the cruel and unsympathetic behavior towards colored people. Throughout the entire letter to the eight clergymen he never gets too far from the fight for equality in Birmingham. His incredible metaphors truly show his strong nature. His uses of elements such as allusion, rhetorical questions and juxtaposition all tied in with an element of hope to create a gripping argument for equality....   [tags: American Literature] 599 words
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A Discussion of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter From Birmingham City Jail - A Discussion of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter From Birmingham City Jail Martin Luther King Jr. discusses the advantages and purposes for his theory of nonviolent direct action in his Letter From Birmingham City Jail. He shows four basic steps that must be taken to achieve nonviolent action. They include 1) collection of facts to determine whether injustices are alive; 2) negotiation; 3) self-purification; and 4) direct action. Each of these steps will be explained as part of King's argument later in this essay....   [tags: King Martin Luther Birmingham Jail Essays] 1372 words
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Rhetorical Analysis "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" by Martin Luther King, Jr. - ... This shows reader that his organization is backed-up by other organizations and (protesters are not bad [in different words]………?). Then he says that he cannot ignore what is happening in Birmingham while he is sitting in Atlanta, Georgia (). He mentions this to let his audience know that there are some problems in Birmingham and he is trying to solve them. He says, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” () He gives his reader an idea that there is injustice in Birmingham. It also indicate that King is unhappy and protesting because injustice exists in Birmingham....   [tags: racial injustice, clergymen, evidence] 708 words
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Letter From Birmingham Jail, by Martin Luther King Jr. - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. one of many great influential speakers wrote a life changing letter after being arrested for peacefully protesting African American rights. While sitting in jail Dr. King received a letter from clergymen questioning his motives and timings for being in Birmingham. In a response Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. writes a “Letter from Birmingham Jail” vividly expressing physical and emotional purposes for his presence in Birmingham, AL. First, in the “Letter from Birmingham Jail” Dr....   [tags: Purpose, Racism, Laws] 753 words
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Martin Luther King’s Arguements for Peace in Letter from Birmingham Jail - ... is not negotiation a much better path?'" King address considerations from the opposition throughout his whole essay such as: "You categorical an excellent deal of tension over our temperament to interrupt laws," "You speak of our activity in Birmingham as extreme." By addressing their considerations in a very truthful and rational approach, he's showing his readers that he gave nice thought to their purpose of read and is taking them seriously. Jailed underneath the premise of "disturbing the peace," King responds to fellow non secular leaders by parturition out the authority by that his cluster came to Birmingham....   [tags: rights, protest, society] 1061 words
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Analysis of Martin Luther King Jr's Essay, Letter from the Birmingham Jail - In Martin Luther King’s Jr essay “Letter from the Birmingham Jail” he uses ethos, pathos, and logos to establish his argument. First, let’s establish what all these means to the reader. Ethos gives the writer credibility, Logos is establish to the reader at what is logical, and Pathos is established with sympathy. When you think of Justice for all, we tend to think of your constitutional rights for all walks of life. But King is saying that this is not the case for the African American race back in early history....   [tags: psychology, racism, civil rights] 544 words
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Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail - Power Analysis: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail A statement from eight white clergymen from Alabama prompted Martin Luther King’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail”. This statement criticized Kings actions of non-violent protests against racial segregation and the injustice of unequal civil rights in America (Carpenter elt al.). The eight clergymen considered Birmingham to be “their” town and King was disrupting the “Law and Order and Common Sense” established in coping with racial issues in Alabama during this time (Carpenter elt al....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Martin Luther King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail - Racial discrimination has always been an issue worldwide. Through the struggles of the individual’s who dealt with the social inequality due to their skin color deserve a stance, and ultimately a voice to the nation. However, it is never easy to raise a voice in a community where it is mainly populated by whites who discriminate themselves from colored people. One man decided to take a stance and raise a voice to nation, not only is he able to make a positive change to the nation, but he is also able to revolutionize the equality among the races because he knew everyone deserved a chance at the pursuit of happiness....   [tags: racial discrimination, social inequality, mlk] 1193 words
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Dr. Martin Luther King’s Letter From Birmingham Jail - In April of 1963, locked in a Birmingham jail, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote, “Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of men willing to be co-workers with God, and without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation”. In Dr. King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail he accurately displays his distinctive ability to influence public opinion by appropriating ideas from the Bible, the Constitution, and other canonical texts (Autobiography); by establishing his credibility, appealing to the audience’s logic, and invoking the emotional aspects of the African-American plight in this era....   [tags: Civil Rights]
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Analysis of Martin Luther King Jr.´s Letter From Birmingham Jail - ... King employs allusion, to appeal to his audience and convince them that what he is doing is right and necessary. In particular he refers to the Bible, "Was not Paul an extremist for the Christian gospel: 'I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus'." It is coherent that King is compelled to take a stand against the prejudice and racism like the way Paul carried the gospel of Lord Jesus. King relate back to Paul to convey his purpose that Paul suffer for what he believe in and so that his fellow clergymen must take sacrifices for a great cost....   [tags: right, prejudice, ehtos, analogy, allusion] 756 words
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King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” and Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” - Martin Luther King’s "Letter from Birmingham Jail" is a very sophisticated argument that gets to the point, but in the same time it gets very deep and complex. The letter is a historical and emotional letter that spoke to the hearts of people all across America. It was also well thought out and wrote with great deep meaning. By using three categories of persuasion, ethos, pathos, and logos, King was able to get on a much needed personal level with his audience. Along with letting the reader know that he had valid ideas and reasons....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Letter from Birmingham Jail, by Martin Luther King Jr. - Writers attempt to leave out the parts that readers tend to skip. Martin Luther King in his letter, “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, uses this technique. In Mr. King’s letter his creativity and intricate usage of diction creates a meaningful letter. Not only does he illustrate picturesque ideas, but also, he uses rhetorical appeal and specific language and style to portray his message. His purpose is to inform the clergyman about Negros patiently waiting for the abolition of segregation and resentment toward the African American people....   [tags: Ending Segregation] 780 words
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Antigone, Hairspray, The Boy Without a Flag, and Letter From A Birmingham Jail - Martin Luther King Jr. speaks of “the appalling silence of the good people” and how the silence of the “good people” encourages the current situation and their good intentions don’t press for change or social justice. In Antigone, Hairspray, “The Boy Without a Flag”, and “Letter From A Birmingham Jail”, examples of social injustice and racial segregation issues can be observed and the influence and actions of the silent bystanders. The silent but well intentioned people in each piece of literature has the opportunity to support change and influence others but they don’t out of fear....   [tags: D. Martin Luther King Jr.]
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Letter from a Birmingham Jail by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - In his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of the “appalling silence” of those who are innately good, yet refuse to take any action, expressing that nonexpression is a greater evil than any radical viewpoint. To this group, you, who may not vote, who may not speak out against injustice, who may not express any opinions, I ask of you: does this silent portion of the population still exist, quietly living its lives and creating minimal impact on the world around it, or are King’s messages antiquated and outdated in modern society....   [tags: the silent majority] 895 words
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Martin Luther King's Letter from Birmingham Jail - Rhetorical Analysis of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail" In his essay "Letter from Birmingham Jail", Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. disproves the assumptions of people that believe racism is acceptable when he compares the maltreatment of blacks to the inhumane treatment of the Jews by Hitler. King establishes a relationship with his audience by connecting on a level that is larger than the exploitation of African American's rights. He forces his readers to think about the execution of millions of Jews that was ordered by Hitler....   [tags: Martin Luther King Jr]
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Martin Luther King Jr. - Broadcaster Edward R. Murrow once said, “To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; credible we must be truthful.” Those words apply to any form of communication but are substantially potent when considering ones written endorsements. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail” was written as a peaceful rhetorical rebuttal intended to appeal to its eight authoring clergymen; whom expressed their disapproval of Dr. King’s actions and their timing....   [tags: Letter from Birmingham Jail]
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Heroes Out of Opression - ... King understands that the problem is found more in the power structure rather than the people, which is why he is able to forgive his oppressors. If King could never forgive his opressors, he would not have been able to effectively carried out his “non-violent” campaign. Martin Luther king showed his passion of fighting against injustice through the empathy he had towards other people.. He studied what other people, like Hitler, had done to oppress other groups. When he talks about Hitler, he mentions how befriending Jews in Germany was illegal but then says “ But I am sure that if I lived in Germany during that time, I would have aided and comforted my Jewish brothers even though it was...   [tags: Letter from Birmingham Jail] 2039 words
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Rhetorical Appeal Usage in Martin Luther King Jr.’s letter, Birmingham City Jail - ... uses the rhetorical appeal of Logos to provide a sense of logic and reason within his letter. When he is accused of resorting to demonstrations rather than attempting negotiations King provides his four step plan to a successful nonviolent campaign, listing direct action as the final step and negotiations as the second. This point peacefully refutes the clergymen’s accusations and does not provoke a new argument. King also uses facts to prove a point such as, “There have been more unsolved bombings of Negro homes and churches in Birmingham than and city in the nation.” (King, ¶-5) This quotation validates King’s reasoning to be in Birmingham for demonstrations and not just negotiation....   [tags: Discrimination, Logic, Emotion ]
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Comparison of Martin Luther King Jr.s' Letter from Birmingham Jail and I Have a Dream - ... There are many similarities between I Have a Dream and the Letter from Birmingham Jail. Both of the pieces have many rhetorical appeals in common, whether it is pathos, logos, ethos or even repetition. In the speech, “I Have a Dream”, one pathos part that had stand out the most was, “ I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character”. This quote is so emotional because it was not about what King wanted for himself but for his children, it also stand out because it make the audience thinks about their children and how they wouldn’t want their kids going through what they...   [tags: rhetoric, pathos, tone] 780 words
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Civil Disobedience, by Henry David Thoreau and Letter From Birmingham Jail, by Martin Luther King Jr. - The essays, "Civil Disobedience," by Henry David Thoreau, and "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," by Martin Luther King, Jr., incorporate the authors’ opinions of justice. Each author efficiently shows their main point; Thoreau deals with justice as it relates to government, he asks for,”not at one no government, but at once a better government.”(Paragraph 3). King believed,” injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." (Paragraph 4). Each essay shows a valid argument for justice, but King's philosophy is more effective, because it has more logical points of views....   [tags: Comparative Analysis] 894 words
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Similarities between Martin Luther King's Letter from Birmingham Jail and Jonathan Swift's A Modest Proposal - Even the most cursory analysis of "Letter From Birmingham Jail" by Martin Luther King, Jr. and "A Modest Proposal" by Jonathan Swift reveals glaring differences between the two essays. Surprisingly, a side-by-side comparison also yields many similarities between the two works. The most obvious similarity between the two essays is the overarching theme of the subject matter. In both essays, the writers address deeply-entrenched social injustices. For example, in "Letter From Birmingham Jail", King, in his highly-impassioned and evocative style, submits a powerful essay that addresses racial segregation in the American South during the 1950s and 1960s....   [tags: comparative literary analysis]
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