Analysis of Martin Luther King Jr.´s Letter From Birmingham Jail

771 Words Feb 25th, 2018 3 Pages
People fought for their rights and against the prejudice that they have to face, accomplish justice that every single one of them are fighting for. Dr. Martin Luther King, a leader of the protest against prejudice was able to pursue the rights for African American people. However eight of his fellow clergymen criticized his procedure to protest, but they still supported him. In the "Letter from Birmingham Jail", King wanted to encourage others to rebel against the wrong, even if it is not wise it is right, he was optimistic and yet disappointed. In order for him to convey his tone and purpose he reaches out to people by using allusion, analogy, and ethos.

King employs allusion, to appeal to his audience and convince them that what he is doing is right and necessary. In particular he refers to the Bible, "Was not Paul an extremist for the Christian gospel: 'I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus'." It is coherent that King is compelled to take a stand against the prejudice and racism like the way Paul carried the gospel of Lord Jesus. King relate back to Paul to convey his purpose that Paul suffer for what he believe in and so that his fellow clergymen must take sacrifices for a great cost. Furthermore King speaks about, "Socrates felt that it was necessary to create a tension in the mind so that…
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