Mlk Letter From Birmingham Jail Essay

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Dr. Martin Luther King Junior was an extremely influential writer, and speaker. In the 1960’s, there was a large Civil Rights movement that caused much violence, many protests, and the rising of strong speakers. Among them, was Martin Luther King Junior. King was very persuasive in his writings and speeches, and I believe that many of them came off as more of an emotional appeal, or patho, over logical (logo), to convince the public to stand up for Civil Rights. Between King’s “I Have a Dream,” speech, and his “Letter From Birmingham Jail,” letter, the recurring theme of patho appeal shows up more frequently than logo appeal does. Throughout Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s speech of “I have a Dream,” he uses a lot of emotion, and phrases so rich in words that it makes the reader want to be on his side, and do what the speaker is telling them to. King states, “Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.” (King, 262). Not only does King use metaphors to help us understand how deep this country is in racial injustice, but his words influence us to start doing something about it, and that it’s time to break away from the segregation, and all get along with each other, as we should. Meanwhile, in …show more content…
King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and his letter, called “Letter From Birmingham Jail,” there are many examples of a logical, or logo appeal, King doesn’t seem to need facts to back up what he’s trying to say, to gain the amount of people listening to him. King has the amazing talent of being able to grasp people’s thoughts through his words, and he is such a powerful speaker that he can easily convince many people to stand up for Civil Rights, and fight for what’s right… peacefully. Even though there are many examples of both patho and logo appeals, patho appeals make a stronger and more frequent occurrence throughout all of King’s writings and

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