Letter From A Birmingham Jail By Martin Luther King Jr.

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In his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” Martin Luther King Jr. makes appeals to ethos, logos, and pathos to convince the clergymen that colored people have been waiting for too long for political, economic, and social justice and freedom. He argues that it’s unfair to promise someone, or a group, for a change and not fulfill that promise. Along with demonetizing and/or belittling a person to the point where they don’t feel as important or as worth as they should; making them feel hatred and anger towards the person(s) that inflicted the pain on them, and anger towards their ethnic/culture. Also, that he is needed and wanted in Birmingham. King appeals to ethos to establish credibility and biblical allusion. King uses logos to process his…show more content…
King uses logos to process his analysis and concrete language to have a cause-effect reasoning. King points to the fact that “Negro leaders sought to negotiate with the city fathers. But the latter consistently refused to engage in good faith negotiation.” He suggests that if negotiation is constantly being refused by the city leaders, there won’t be any negotiation that is intended to be good. King uses process analysis to have a cause-effect statement, if there won’t be any negotiation, there won’t be anymore negotiations for a good cause. The statement causes the clergymen think about why they ignored the negotiations that were for a good cause instead of trying to help fix the problem. He also describes “as the weeks and months went by, we realized that we were the victims of a broken promise.” King uses concrete language to explain how it took a really long time to realize their wants and needs were being ignored. He also uses weeks and months compared to just saying that it took a long time. Along with “broken” being as a negative denotation to describe the trust that was broken by the city leaders. King uses logos to reveal the statistics and effects of the broken promises and lost hope. Along with logos and ethos strategies, King uses pathos to cause declarative imagery and false flattery. King understands why those who haven’t been hurt by segregation “but when you have seen vicious mobs lynch your
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