Rhetorical Analysis Letter From A Birmingham Jail

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Letter From A Birmingham Jail Rhetorical Analysis “The Letter From a Birmingham Jail” was written by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. while incarcerated in response to his fellow preachers telling him to be more patient in the pursuit of civil rights. The purpose of the letter is to explain the reasons that civil rights should be actively pursued through protest. MLK seeks to persuade the recipients of the letter to side with him in terms of pushing for equality as fast as possible. King uses anecdotes, anaphora, and imagery to increase both the emotional impact of the speech by showing the struggle that him and others have gone through, as well as the authority of King himself by showing that his views on the movement are very well thought out and backed by solid reasoning. Anecdotes are one of the core rhetorical devices in King’s letter because by providing examples of discrimination King and others have faced, he better gets across his point that the discrimination should end. For example, King’s quote, “...tears welling up in her eyes when she is told that funtown is closed to colored children...” shows how King effectively uses anecdotes to boost the appeal pathos, by adding in details about a crying little girl. Another instances of anecdote in the same paragraph are, “...when you are forever fighting a degenerating sense of "nobodyness,"” as well as, “when you are humiliated day in and day out by nagging signs reading "white" and "colored". Both of these inform the
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