The Rhetorical Analysis Of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. used a lot of rhetorical techniques in his “Letter from Birmingham Jail” to respond to the eight Clergymen who criticized his actions of no-violent demonstration in Birmingham calling “Unwise and untimely” (Dr. King 3) they said this about his actions. Also, Martin Luther King used a lot of Logos and ethos in his speech to persuade the reader. First and most importantly, Dr. King’s letter was very explanatory about the pain African Americans were going through during segregation. For instance, in his letter he explains, “We have waited for more than 340 years for our constitutional and God-given rights” Which means they were very tired of hearing the word “wait” just as used once. (Dr. King4) According to Dr. Martin Ruther King , African American were getting very impatient and things were graving worse. Also, Dr. King was getting tired of raising his children in that kind of environment. He didn’t like the fact his children were experience how African Americans were being called Negro and being treated like animals: Your speech stammering as you seek to explain to your six-years-old daughter why she can’t go to go to the public amusement park that has just been advertised on television, and see tears welling up in her eyes when she is told that Funtown is closed to colored children, and see ominous clouds of inferiority beginning an unconscious bitterness white people; when you have to concoct an answer for a five-year-old son who is asking “daddy why do white people treat colored people so mean?( Dr. king 5) Dr. Martin Luther King used common sense to prove the clergymen that they should act as Christian instead of acting like unbeliever. The definition of being a Christian is to treat everybody as... ... middle of paper ... ...that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear drenched communities” (Dr, king 10). Dr. King believed that one day African American will be treated fairly and also every citizen will be treated one another will love and respect. As a result of Dr. King action, there is no fear anymore toward one another. The most importantly, citizen children don’t have to ask their parents why white people don’t like color people. Dr. King is a very articulate person because he measures his words carefully and knows what he wants to say by expressing himself easily and confidently which makes the leaders understand him. Dr. King is very articulate person because he measures his words carefully and knows he wants to say by expressing himself easily and confidently which makes the leader understand him.
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