Martin Luther King Jr 's Letter From Birmingham Jail Essay

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Deep within the bowels of Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King Jr wrote the ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’ as a way to publically address a public statement given by eight white religious leaders in the South of the United States of America. Martin Luther King Jr used all of his ability to appeal to the senses of the people. He addresses people in regard to civil disobedience v. actively fighting for their cause. King speaks of how it must be hard for those who have not and will not have to go through the same prejudices that him and his race have struggled with all their lives. He discusses certain racially charged groups and religiously charged hypocritical groups.
In the beginning of this letter, Martin Luther King Jr writes, “Beyond this, I am in Birmingham because injustice is here. Just as the eight-century prophets left their little villages and carried their “thus saith the Lord” far beyond the boundaries of their hometowns; and just as the Apostle Paul left his little village of Tarsus and carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to practically every hamlet and city of the Greco-Roman world, I too am compelled to carry the gospel of freedom beyond my particular hometown. Like Paul, I must constantly respond to the Macedonian call for aid” (Letter from Birmingham Jail 1).” This is written using the rhetoric ethos to create an appeal using religious views. King is also comparing himself to the Apostle Paul which could be argued to be a form of Pathos due to the strong…

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