A Rhetorical Analysis Of Dr. King's Letter From Birmingham Jail

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“Letter from a Birmingham jail” History shows us that putting a man behind bars, who has the passion and desire to change the world for better will do whatever it takes to make that happen. We witness that even writing a simple letter is a good enough start. Dr. king wrote from Birmingham jail based on the rhetorical elements ethos pathos and logos which are three pillars of argument. Ethos; “My dear fellow clergymen”. Pathos which is I am in Birmingham because injustice is here. logos which stated “whatever affects one indirectly affects all indirectly”. Ethos is appeal to ethics and it is a means of convincing someone of the character or credibility of the persuaders.to begin his argument Dr king made use of ethos by addressing the issue truthfully, treating the readers as equal and humility speaks about the reasoning of his presence in Birmingham. Dr king states, “my dear fellow clergymen”, where he goes on to mean he has the same rights as his fellow clergymen. The issue that people are facing about equal rights is saying that he is not less than his fellow clergymen and they are not better than him. Pathos is an appeal to emotion and is a way of convincing an audience of an argument by creating an …show more content…

king also stated, “whatever affects one indirectly, affects all indirectly.” Dr. King is trying to explain here is, what affects one incidentally will affect everything else no matter what your position or level is. Dr king stated “in any nonviolent campaign there are four basic steps: collection of the facts to determine whether injustices exist; negotiation; self-purification; and direct action. We have gone through all these steps in Birmingham.” Dr king gives a better explanation on logos. here we see the meaning and steps of logos. Dr king portrayed through his words and actions. He portrays that there is a way of persuading the audience by

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