Rhetorical Analysis Of Letter From Birmingham Jail

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In the Letter from Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King Jr. the author makes multiple allusions to philosophers. His comparison make it seem as if he shares likeness with them. King’s work was highly devoted to one thing only, the protection of civil disobedience so that the civil rights movement could go on uncompromised. Although King only had one purpose the complexity of the situation called for unity by eight Alabama clergymen for a decision. In this way King’s letter served more than the one singular purpose of fighting for civil rights, he used it to establish himself as a credible authority amongst his audience, let the trials of the black in America be shown, and to argue the absolute necessity of immediate action. Over the…show more content…
This paragraph is the most descriptive and emotional, by using these emotions king grabbed the attention of is audience at the beginning of his letter. King wanted that in order to persuade the audience to keep reading about these outrageous acts, provide positive ways to change them, and justify why he is writing the letter to the clergymen. Martin Luther King then continues to justify his cause for protest and establishes reasons for the advancement of civil rights. He does so by raising questions and doubts on the mean of just law, King points out specific examples of laws which are unjust and unfair. He says “we should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was ‘legal’ and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungry was ‘illegal’. It was ‘illegal’ to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler’s Germany. Even so, I am sure that, had I lived in Germany at the time, I would have aided and comforted my Jewish brothers.” By saying this he establishes a powerful example of unjust law and what his reaction would have been. Saying this puts the decision back into the Clergymen’s hands. By saying this King forces the
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