Rhetorical Analysis Of The King's Speech In The Birmingham King

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1. In the opening paragraph, King has a very sarcastic tone but with some respect tied to it. He incorporates sarcasm because the audience knows that he does not have secretaries helping him and the only thing he can do is answer. He includes respect in this very sarcastic paragraph by saying that he does not answer many of his letters but they are “men of genuine good” so King feels it is necessary to respond. This opening paragraph is very ironic because the readers understand that he has no secretaries or busy work so King has no choice but to answer.
2. King arranges paragraphs 2-4, to build up ethos by showing why he is qualified to speak against the clergymen. He wants us to think about whom he is before we judge him. He goes from specific
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The main rhetorical strategies used in paragraph 31 include logos, ethos, rhetorical questions, anaphora, and similes. He uses logos in the first sentence when he discusses being an extremist. King uses ethos when he talks about Jesus, John, and Paul. The main rhetorical question of this passage was “Will we be extremists … love?” King uses anaphora when he repeats, “was not” in the beginning of sentences. A simile is used when King says, “Let justice roll down like waters … a mighty stream”.
9. King keeps this very blunt and harsh opinion on the Birmingham Police because he does not want to loose his respectable approach and risk loosing his readers. In the beginning of the letter, King tends to go along with the clergy reasons but points out the misunderstandings. The one thing that King refuses to agree on is the Birmingham Police. He completely negates this point and states that the clergy are wrong.
10. In his letter, King uses many patterns of figurative language but I find the one about light and darkness to be the most effective. In paragraph 24 is starts with “like a boil that can never be cured so long as it is covered up but must be opened with all its ugliness to the natural medicines of air and light . . .” and also in paragraph 50 when he states “dark clouds of racial prejudice . . . deep fog . . . radiant

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