Essay on A Letter From Birmingham Jail

1821 Words Dec 21st, 2015 8 Pages
“Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.” This quote has been said by Mahatma Gandhi when he used non-violent protests in order to free India from Great Britain in the 1930’s. Many have followed his ways, including an important figure in civil rights history, Doctor Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. King, who not only followed many of Gandhi’s beliefs, but also dealt with racism and segregation throughout the 1960’s., but he has always responded with non-violent direct actions against these ideas in order to desegregate the South. In one of these non-violent protests, in the town of Birmingham, Alabama, many of his followers were beaten and jailed including himself. He was then placed in Birmingham which is where he wrote one of the most famous pieces of civil rights literature in history known as A Letter from Birmingham Jail. King uses a series of rhetorical appeals and diction throughout his Letter from Birmingham Jail in order to develop his argument that non-violent direct action is necessary and justified in Birmingham. This argument can be soon through logos, pathos, and ethos. First, King uses logos, or logic and facts, in order to develop his argument that non-violent direct action is necessary and justified in Birmingham. King believes that there is no alternative other than peaceful protest. He claims that Birmingham is “the most segregated city” (567),…

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