Persuasive Logos

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In Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s two very famous pieces of work called “I have a dream”, and “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, he uses two main types of persuasive appeals. Those two persuasive appeals being logos and pathos. Within the letter and the speech, both appeal to their audience’s sense of justice by innate rights. Both of the two types of persuasive appeals reflect the occasion or circumstances of the writing, and the audience or listeners and readers he seeks to reach. In “I have a dream”, there were things that were being done by people to support justice, but it hasn’t affected blacks. People need to take action without violence, but by protesting peacefully for equality. They need to stick together. They can’t be flustered by the actions of others. They need to stand firm in their desire for justice. He has a dream where discrimination went away, and everyone joins hands with smiles. The speech used more pathos than logos because he’s trying to make information stick in your head so that people start taking action to try to stop all of the segregation that’s going on towards blacks. There are multiple examples of logos and pathos throughout this speech but here are a couple examples of each. In the “I have a dream” speech, King explains how the negro isn’t free. For…show more content…
This is because he is logically speaking to fellow clergymen. The “I have a dream” speech appeals to ethos and pathos, but does not contain as much logos as the letter. This is because in the speech Martin Luther King Jr. is trying to move the audience emotionally towards his cause. In the letter trying to convince fellow clergymen of his stand on the Civil Rights movement. The “I have a dream speech” contains many more similes,metaphors,allusions,and much more anaphora than the letter does. Birmingham letter contains more logical appeal, logos. He also uses more metaphors, allusions, and parallel
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