Persuasive Speech : Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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In any good speech, the most important part of the speech is not what is said during the speech, but what the audience feels and remembers after the speech was over. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a powerful advocate of African American rights, was an expert at convincing his audience to feel and react to his speeches however he wanted them to. One of the main ways he achieved this was through the use of the artistic proofs. The ‘artistic proofs’ is a term coined by the ancient greek philosopher known as Aristotle (User). The artistic proofs consist of three types of persuasion that appeal to people in their own unique ways. The names of these persuasions are ethos, pathos, and logos. Apart, these proofs can persuade an audience to…show more content…
King explains to the clergymen, whom the letter is written to, why it is important to protest peacefully as he has been doing across the United States. Dr. King says “Just as the eighth century prophets left their little villages and carried their “thus saith the Lord” far beyond the boundaries of their home town, and just as the Apostle Paul left his village of Tarsus and carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to … I too am compelled to carry the gospel of freedom beyond my particular home town” (King 3). Dr. King refers to the Bible in the very first page because the primary audience of this letter is many Caucasian clergymen and a rabbi who criticized his being in Birmingham and his leading peaceful protests in the city. The clergymen decided among themselves that Dr. King’s protests and calls for action were annoying and unnecessary in the world they lived in. Because of this, Dr. King needed to explain his movement in a way that the clergymen would be able to understand and agree with. The Bible is something that they cannot argue with due to their religions and they are likely to listen to the argument that Dr. King wrote in his jail cell if it was deeply rooted in what they all believed in. The second artistic proof that Dr. King used in his “Letter from Birmingham City Jail” was logos. Logos is the next most important of the artistic proofs because of how Dr. Martin Luther King,
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