Analysis Of Martin Luther King 's Letter From Birmingham Jail

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In Martin Luther King’s, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” the majority of the text is persuasive using rhetoric appeals. The main purpose of this letter was to address the critiques of the eight ministers and one rabbi that targeted the peaceful demonstrations as well as argue his perspective about the demonstration as well as bring up existing issues that needs to be subjected to change. This section revolves around the harsh treatment of the African American community which had the strongest argument because it mainly focused on describing the cruel acts that were committed during this time due to racism and segregation. The strongest rhetoric appeal used in this letter was pathos because it changed the perspective of others because it affects their emotions which make paragraph fourteen the most persuasive.
In this letter, there are many rhetoric appeals used to persuade the readers. King uses ethos, logos, and pathos throughout his argument in order to show the audience that he is credible, logical, and he can relate to others on a personal level. The strongest appeal used within this letter is pathos because it is for the most part used in majority of the letter.
When you have seen hate-filled police men curse, kick, and even kill your black brothers and sisters; when you see the vast majority of your twenty million African American brothers smothering in an airtight cage of poverty in the midst of an affluent society; when you suddenly find your tongue twisted and…

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