Rhetorical Analysis Of Martin Luther King's Letter And While In Birmingham Jail

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A prisoner could be a king. The rhetorical analysis on Martin Luther King’s letter while in Birmingham jail is considered one of the most influential letters written throughout history. Martin Luther King is also considered one of the most influential individual in the history of the American Civil Rights movement. King’s contribution is critical not only evidenced through his active participation in boycotts, but also through his writings. A significant example of contributions through writings is the Birmingham Letter that he wrote from jail after being accused of demonstrating against racial segregation in Alabama. To help air his complaints against racial segregation, King uses rhetorical tools that comprise of ethos, pathos, and logos.…show more content…
One such example is depicted in King’s description of his disappointment with the church. King states that “God’s judgment is upon the church as it never happened before.” King attributed the church failure in recapturing the sacrificial spirit that the early church held arguing that it serves as a means towards losing the authenticity of the church. The phrase ‘Judgment of God’ serves as an association of a Biblical teaching that warns against injustice to others. The second page depicts another prime application of ethos which states that “in a situation where all of a sudden find your tongue-twisted as well as your speech stammering in an attempt to explain to your daughter aged six years that that it is impossible for her to visit a public amusement park that is being advertised on the television, and you see tears rolling down her eyes after realizing that colored children are limited to visit Fun-town (Guillaume and Turner, 56)”. This serves as a significant example of King’s success in using pathos as he effectively manages to make everyone within the society feel guilty while at the same time developing more empathy for the
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