Rhetorical Appeal : King 's Speech Essay

857 Words Apr 30th, 2015 4 Pages
King’s other two uses of rhetorical appeal are greater than ethos, but the ethos is effective in building trust between himself and the writer. The third and final rhetorical appeal, he used was pathos. This appeal is significant in the writing of this letter because he captures readers’ emotions. He puts us in his shoes for the day and shows us how unfairly treated African Americans are. King has a whole paragraph that is devoted to the brutal punishment and hatred their community receives. King presents the real scenario of the life of the Negro people to arouse sympathy towards the blacks by asserting, “But when you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will and drown your brothers and sisters at whim….then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait” (227). The descriptive detail gives readers an idea of how black people were living in abject poverty, while the whites were living comfortable lives. It also shows how African Americans were having a sense of being “ignored” from the society which develops further hatred towards the whites. So, he expected the whites to look into the movement from the Negro perspective provoking change. The reader becomes saddened at the fact of everything African Americans had to deal with at the time waiting for their natural rights. His emotional appeal is very persuasive and effective towards the reader throughout this quote. King describes the emotions after continuously being refused equal opportunities,…

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