Compare And Contrast Letter From Birmingham Jail And Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God

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An effective writer is that one is prosperous in creating an bias result. The author wants the reader to feel that his way is correct. The goal of the author is to leave an effect on the audience in order to convince them to change their views. Both pieces: “Letter from Birmingham Jail” written by Martin Luther King Jr. and “Sinners in the Hand of an Angry God” by Jonathan Edwards, have a appeal to all men being created equal, and yet their pieces are different in their own contextual ways. In order to understand which piece is more effective, one must first understand the history. The Letter from Birmingham Jail was composed in April of 1963 as a response to a letter that was sent to MLK, from the local white clergymen, while he was in jail. The letter to MLK was asking for an end to all protests and civil rights demonstrations in Birmingham, Alabama. He replied with what he felt was a knowledgeable letter that explain his actions, purpose, and wants. “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” was given as a sermon to a local church of Puritans. Written in 1741 Jonathan Edwards was an idealized Puritan whose word was as good as gold. He was a successful man, who had traveled many miles to preach. His purpose was to convince the people that hell is not too far away; and if they didn’t devote their life to God, he would let them die in hell. MLK was a well known civil rights activist. He was strong in his views and values, and was persistent in the idea that whites and blacks

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