Analysis Questionnaire Regarding a Piece of Literature

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1. Who are the intended audiences for King’s letter? What does King want to convince each segment of his readership? Does he urge readers toward particular actions? How does his tone show awareness of his audiences? A: King intended his letter to be for other clergymen who sent him a letter asking his to calm down his movement for civil rights. King truly believed that the clergymen were wrong, and that his parades and protests were fully just. “Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored. My citing the creation of tension as part of the work of the nonviolent resister may sound rather shocking. But I must confess that I am not afraid of the word "tension." I have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth” (King 1963). While King’s tone is very matter-of-fact, he still shows his strong belief and emotion in his s...

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