Rhetorical Analysis Of Dr. King's Letter From Birmingham Jail

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While in jail, Dr. King experienced many difficulties and hardships but rather than whining about his struggles he decided to write a letter to his followers outside of the jail. He speaks on the injustice, lack of freedom, and abuse his people are enduring which he does not agree with or will not stand by and let it happen. His outspokenness and his drive for equability is how he (wrongfully) ended up in the Birmingham city jail in the first place. The idea and vison of the letter was great and probably desired by his people but it could have been written out and executed in a different manner although he wasn’t as highly educated as he would have liked to be due to the color of his skin. In 1963, during the Civil Rights Movement,…show more content…
Although imprisoned, writing this letter has been one of the most memorable and influential things he did while he was away. Also in this letter, he talks about how his work and the people who follow him practice and work towards getting people to do what’s right and to abide by the law and the rules of the land. “You express a great deal of anxiety over our willingness to break laws. This is certainly a legitimate concern. Since we so diligently urge people to obey the Supreme Court's decision of 1954 outlawing segregation in the public schools, at first glance it may seem rather paradoxical for us consciously to break laws. One may well ask: "How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?" The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the last to advocate disobeying just laws.” Telling how his job is to get everyone to do what’s right he then questions, would they conclude that he’s doing things of the opposite nature? Maybe because he’s an African American man and that is what’s expected of them. Being imprisoned gave Dr. King time to think and recap over everything he needed to address which was honestly greatly appreciated in the long run. In conclusion, the letter was overall a great concept. It provided may valid points and addressed many problematic issues. There were parts of the letter that were emotional and made readers feel a maybe saddened as they thought about the many things addressed as
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