A Letter From Birmingham Jail Analysis

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Movements have always been apart of American history, whether religious or political. Two literature pieces strongly centered behind a movement are Martin Luther King Jr.’s “A Letter from Birmingham Jail” and “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” by Jonathan Edwards. Both pieces were influential to their movements; although, different techniques were used by both authors. Given that both of these pieces had influence on the movement, it raises the question of which argument was more effective. Under the definition that effectiveness is the amount in which something creates a long term desired result, one of these pieces is clearly more effective, which can be determined with an in depth analysis. To gain a full understanding of “A Letter from Birmingham Jail”, one must know the context to why he wrote the piece. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote this piece from Birmingham Jail after being arrested for not having a parading permit (McPherson). Following King’s arrest, a group of clergymen wrote “A Call For Unity” dissing King’s civil rights efforts outside of the courtroom(Mcpherson). King’s letter addresses the clergymen to discredit their accusations. Some of the main strategies King uses to convey the clergymen of their misguided viewpoint on the civil right movement is ethos and pathos. King’s building of his ethos is one of his most important strategies used. Two main ways that King builds his ethos is through allusions and his tone. Multiple allusions are used
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