Analysis Of Martin Luther King Jr. 's Letter From Birmingham Jail

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How would you feel if, every day, you had to experience the injustice of being deemed less of a person based on the color of your skin? The year is 1963 before the iconic “I Have a Dream” speech swept the nation off their feet; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is sitting in a jail cell writing a letter in response to “A Call for Unity.” King has landed himself in jail for marching at a peaceful protest in Birmingham, Alabama that he attended at the request of the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights. At the time, the Civil Rights movement is in full swing and both blacks and whites are standing up for a change and demanding an end to racial segregation. An analysis of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” reveals, the appeals known as ethos, pathos, and logos help support and persuade racial equality and to explain his actions in the South to the eight clergymen who wrote “A Call for Unity.” To convince the clergymen of his character and integrity, King uses the rhetorical appeal ethos. To create this integrity, he establishes a sense of authority, which is shown in the introduction of his letter. “My Dear Fellow Clergymen,” (King 85) creating a personal connection and an awareness of equality between the men and himself to better ensure they do not overlook and disregard his address. Further into the first paragraph King again makes a subtle remark to gain respect and attention, “But since I feel you are men of genuine good will and that your…

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