Essay on Martin Luther King Jr.

1847 Words Jul 10th, 2015 8 Pages
Martin Luther King Jr, named after his father, Martin Luther King Sr., was a young American Baptist Minister, social activist, and one of the leaders and probably the most influential person in the African- American Civil Rights movement. Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 and was raised by an extremely religious family. He was always an activist for justice through peaceful protest until his assassination on April 4, 1968 at age thirty-nine. Through this time though he gave many speeches including the most widely known “Letter from Birmingham Jail” speech delivered in 1963. Throughout this speech he uses plenty of figurative language, parallelism, allusions, and many others to persuade the communities all across the nation to join in on the peaceful protest to fight against the injustice on African-Americans. For example in “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”, Martin Luther King Jr. used many allusions to help his audience understand and relate it to something they are widely familiar with. Allusions are an indirect reference in order to bring an image or thought to the audience’s mind. There are many types of allusions including: biblical, classical, historical, and literary. In “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” many types of allusions take place. For example, in his speech Martin Luther King Jr. says, “It was evidenced sublimely in the refusal of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to obey laws of Nebuchadnezzar, on the ground that a higher moral of law was at…

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