Martin Luther King 's Speech Essay

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In 1963, as the leader of the peaceful protests against segregation, Martin Luther King was put in the Birmingham City Jail where he received a letter from the clergymen criticizing his work. He responded with another letter where he fully explained the reasons behind the protests. In this letter Martin Luther King remained a gentleman when addressing the clergymen. This is seen in his use of professional language and through the examples that were use to support his ideas. Throughout the letter his selective language helped him get his point of view across to the clergymen in a sophisticated manner. Furthermore, in his letter Martin Luther king clearly demanded change in society, but he approached the subject in the letter in an intelligent manner. He showed a level of respect and professionalism, he never attacked his opponent, the clergymen, in an aggressive way. In addition, he used examples that helped express his ideas in a persuasive way and presented them as positive and necessary for society. For example, when he said "We bring it out in the open where it can be seen and dealt with. Like a boil that can never be cured as long as it is covered up but must be opened with all its pus-flowing ugliness to the natural medicines of air and light, injustice must likewise be exposed, with all of the tension its exposing creates, to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it can be cured... Society must protect the robbed and punish the…

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