Essay on Mlk Rhetorical Analysis

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Rhetorical Analysis on Martin Luther King Junior’s Letter from Birmingham Jail In Martin Luther King Junior’s Letter from Birmingham Jail, MLK uses ethos, logos, and pathos powerfully and effectively to present his argument that the discrimination of African Americans all over the country is unbearable and should be outlawed forever. King wrote the letter in Birmingham, Alabama after a peaceful protest against segregation which was King’s way of reinforcing his belief that without forceful, direct actions (such as his own), true civil rights could never be achieved. Ethos, ethical appeal and credibility as a writer, is portrayed in every word in this letter. King’s language is more than appropriate to the audience and subject, and his …show more content…
Additionally, he gives more support to his argument by writing about another incident in September when the Negro leaders finally got their chance to talk with the leaders of Birmingham. Consequently, he states that:
“…in the course of negotiations certain promises were made by the merchants-for example to remove the stores’ humiliating racial sings…(and) As the weeks and the months went by, we realized that we were the victims of a broken promise… (King 205).
Moreover, this is exactly the type of logical and informative, non-threatening appeal that makes King's letter so efficient. Another rhetorical writer concurs by saying, “His use of logos helps his argument to be strong and irrefutable. He states facts that can not be argued; they are accepted by all to be true. He uses this technique effectively while explaining the difference between a just and unjust law” (Kurkul).
Although logos is intensely presented throughout King’s letter, when combined with the pathos like that found in paragraph fourteen, King’s effectiveness and prose becomes deeply stronger.
But when you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will and drown your sisters and brothers at whim; when you have seen hate-filled policemen curse, kick, and even kill your black brothers and sisters…when you suddenly find your tongue twisted and your speech stammering as you seek to explain to

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