Compare And Contrast Martin Luther King Jr And Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God

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An effective piece of writing is one in which the audience takes a stance on the side that the author intended them to. Both Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail” and Jonathan Edwards’ “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” are considered effective pieces that target two different audiences, in different eras, in attempt to reach different effects. Martin Luther King Jr. and Jonathan Edwards alike attempted to write effective pieces to convince their readers of their personal stance on the appropriate topic. It is evident that one piece must be considered more effective than the other. During the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s, Martin Luther King Jr. was known as one of the most visible leaders of the time. He was well respected not only for his determination in what he believed was right, but for his ability to do so non-violently. On April 16th 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. was sent to jail for eight days as a punishment for parading without a permit. On the day he was arrested, the clergymen of the church wrote an open letter discussing Martin Luther King Jr.’s offense. The letter was quickly brought to the attention of King himself; after reading the letter, Martin Luther King Jr. responded back to the clergymen with “A Letter From Birmingham Jail”. This letter was an attempt to rid the clergymen’s unnecessary statements targeted toward him; he writes this letter in defense of the strategy of nonviolent resistance to racism and citizens moral responsibility to break unjust laws. Martin Luther King Jr.’s use of relation of current events to the past and use of figurative language strengthen the effect felt upon the audience. The entirety of King’s piece is written carefully to appeal to the pathos of the clergymen of the church whom wrote the open letter. His piece is centered around the relation of current events to the past. King relates his situation to the position in which Jesus was in. Due to the fact that both King and Jesus Christ were considered non-violent extremists, and that both were sentenced to unnecessary punishments, King is able to force the clergymen to second guess their Christianhood and judgement of right from wrong. An example of so is when King purposefully

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