Rhetorical Analysis Of Letter From Birmingham Jail

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A dream that became a reality. In Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” we see a whole new perspective of what it was like to be an African American during the 1960’s in Southern Alabama. King tugs on his reader’s heart strings as he describes the harsh and violent times of a segregated minority. In his letter, King uses logos, pathos, and ethos to persuade readers of the dangerous effects of segregation in the 1960’s.
In his letter, King uses logos to create an image that shows just how dangerous segregation was, and how it affected one’s soul. Logos is a statement that appeals to the logical state of mind. In the letter, King discusses ways in which the African American people prepared to withstand the violence that was to come with participating in protest. King writes, “In any non-violent campaign, there are four basic steps: collection of the facts to determine whether injustice exist; negotiation; self-purification; and direct action” (129). Here, King shows just how much preparation him and his followers are taking to gain their birth given rights. King further appears to the logic of a reader when he writes the African Americans have been waiting for more than 340 years for the rights ensured to them in the constitution (131). King is pointing out just how long his ancestors and himself have waited to be able to cast a vote or eat in their desired restaurant. King then hashes it out with fellow clergy men when he points out that there are “just” and
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