Rhetorical Appeal In Martin Luther King

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In the two great pieces of literature by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “I Have a Dream” and “Letter From Birmingham Jail”, he uses both logical and emotional appeal and executes them brilliantly. Although they are both strong points used by Dr. King he has a greater strength in using emotional appeal, or pathos, than logical appeal, or logos. As he refers to the Emancipation Proclamation and the Alabama Christian Movement for human rights there are some potent arguments about how the African Americans should be treated in their own countries, but it doesn’t get the feeling that you do with the metaphors, antithesis and rhetorical questions of emotional appeal in either story.
As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaks to his people during the “I Have
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“Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. And some of you have come from areas where your quest- quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering.Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.”(King263). Therefore, Dr. Kings understanding in how they feel, where they come from is what motivates them to follow him. Also, his being able to compare something as simple as the weather to something as horrendous as inequality shows them that he can change things for the whole country. Martin Jr.’s complete understanding in how the laws are just and unjust persuade people reading his answer to criticism turn their heads in his direction, wanting to follow him in peaceful protests. “Now, what is the difference between the two? How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law.”(King276). Thus, just by asking two simple questions King has made an entire audience over the continental Southern America think hard about what they believe. Rather, it makes them think about what makes how they are treated unfair and what they will do about

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