In 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr Composed“Letter From The

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In 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr composed “Letter from the Birmingham Jail” when the African-Americans community was struggling for black and white equality. Readers can perceive this by the diction that Dr. King practices, like “Negro,” which was used around that time and still being used. One can also see through the context of his letter that Dr. King wants equality for the African-American community. Martin Luther King 's intention of writing this letter is trying to convince the clergymen that his “Community” and he demonstrated because it was necessary at that time. Meanwhile, he uses condemnatory and persuasive tone to attempt to influence the reader to agree with him. In this way, his message, in fact, served a three-part purpose: …show more content…

King states, “I have the honor of serving as president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an organization operating in every southern state, with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. We have some eighty-five affiliated organizations across the South....” One purpose of the introduction is to set up his trustworthiness as a citizen of the United States of America. Trying to prove that he has just as much understanding on the matter of injustice and racial discrimination, if not extra. King then appeals to emotion or pathos by explaining the sufferings; his community has passed through. He says, “When you has seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will and drown your sisters and brothers at whim.”, moreover, “when you have seen hate-filled policemen curse, kick, and even kill your black brothers and sisters.” In this sentence, he is exercising subversive words like “vicious mobs” an affinity such as “lynch your mothers and fathers." Through practicing this kind of vocabulary and sentence construction King is making them envision and feel what he had seen his family and friends go through in difficult times. Throughout the entire paragraph that uses this kind of sentence structure and vivid imagery, the readers begin to feel King’s position, pain, and struggles he had to go through. It is an impassioned paragraph that uses

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