Essay on A Letter From a Birmingham Jail

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A Letter From a Birmingham Jail In Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," his thoughts and ideas are directly stated, well expressed, explained, and illustrated. King's style of writing gives the reader a clear glimpse into the world with which he struggled and allows his letter to be powerfully effective. In the introductory paragraph, King introduces his reason for writing the letter and details who the audience is to be. He explains that he rarely answers criticisms and gives his reasons for answering this particular one. This grabs the reader's attention in the first three sentences of the letter and establishes the importance of the document, intriguing the reader to keep reading what becomes a gripping…show more content…
Among the quoted who all said something in the favor of justice are Socrates, St. Thomas Aquinas, Martin Buber, and Paul Tillich. To condone his label as an extremist, King listed other extremists: Jesus as an extremist of love, Amos an extremist of justice, Paul an extremist of the Gospel, Martin Luther, John Bunyan, and Abraham Lincoln, all highly respected people who gave everything for what they believed in. King uses this to help his cause be seen in the light of Jesus' mission of Christianity and Abraham Lincoln's quest for the end of slavery. King also presents other examples of those who struggled with oppression, such as the Jewish in Hitler's Germany, the early Christians, and subjects of Nebuchhadnezzar. The use of examples of other people helps the reader see that King is not alone in his thoughts and ideas. Eloquent and logical explanations are one of King's strengths. In the twenty-second paragraph, King again uses logical appeal. He states that, "In your statement you asserted that our actions, even though peaceful, must be condemned because they precipitate violence. But can this assertion be logically made? Isn't this like condemning the robbed man because his possession of money precipitated the evil act of robbery?" This statement is a direct logical appeal to the readers and by using the example of a man robbed of his money places the situation on the reader's level rather than on the level of the
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