Rhetorical Analysis "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" by Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Rhetorical Analysis of “Letter From a Birmingham Jail” In the "Letter from a Birmingham Jail", Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. responds to an article by eight clergymen, in which he explains the racial injustice in Birmingham, and reasons why King's organization is protesting for Civil Rights. He introduces himself and his actions at the beginning of his letter. He states that the purpose of his direct action protest is to open the door for negotiation on the Civil Rights. He tries to convince his audience by providing evidence in order to gain his audience to be involved in his movement and support him. He also highlights police actions against nonviolent Negros and crimes against humanity in Birmingham city jail. Dr. King uses his credibility to convince eight Alabama clergymen that his direct action protests are (right, constitutional, essential, should be accepted or supported or……...?). At the beginning of his letter, Dr. King indicates that there are 85 organizations across southern states that associated with his organization. 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. Dr. King says that he and people who are involved in direct-action protests are not the ones who create tension, but they a... ... middle of paper ... ...who have been carelessly beaten and even killed. Also he mentions that how difficult it is to be prevented from going to certain places, like motels, parks, etc. He is asking questions and answering them about people who recommend breaking some laws and obeying some other laws.() These questions make his argument better because when he asks questions, it makes reader to think about them, and when he answers them logically, it makes reader to agree with ideas. Finally, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s response to article by eight Alabama Clergymen contains strong arguments that are logical, emotional, and credential. Dr. King introduces his position and his activities to audience, he states that his organization has connections with other organizations, and he uses emotional appeals and personal comparison to convince his reader that his activities are reasonable.

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