Analysis Of Martin Luther King Jr. 's Letter From A Birmingham Jail
Rita Joe and Martin Luther King, Jr. maintain their opposition to racial segregation through an effective use of the three persuasive strategies and figurative devices.
In Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”, he first uses the ethos appeal to establish his credibility to support his position on the subject of racial segregation inequality. To establish a good foundation of his credibility, he first maintains a sense of equality between him and his audience, the Clergymen, and later, he further supports his credibility by addressing his audience. At the beginning of the letter, he responds to the audience, the Clergymen, by referring them as “Dear Fellow Clergymen” (p.450). When he labels them as such, he actually equates himself to the Clergymen. In other words, he is sending them a message saying that he is not inferior to them based on his racial heritage; he is an American.
Furthermore, he reinforces his credibility by providing evidence to prove to his audience that he is very well educated on the subject of racial segregation. He says, “I have the honor of serving as president of the Southern Christian leadership Conference” (p.450). In addition, he also participates in the “Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights.” (p.450). In stating these comments, he proves that he is an educated man and his has an active and profound presence in the movement…