Rhetorical Analysis Of Letter From Birmingham Jail

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In Letter from Birmingham Jail Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is writing a letter in response to eight white Southern religious leaders. King begins by giving his reasoning for addressing them. He mentions that he usually doesn’t address the criticism he receives. He says, “But since I feel you are men of genuine good will and your criticisms are sincerely set forth, I would like to answer your statement in what I hope will be patient and reasonable terms.” (King 1) To me, it seems as if Dr. King had a bit of a sarcastic tone, and this is what intrigued me to read this letter. In his second paragraph, King addresses the concern of being called an “outsider.” He explains why he is in Birmingham by giving insight on the role he holds in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He speaks on how they have organizations in many southern states. He says, “I am here because I have basic organizational ties here.” (King 1) Dr. King was invited there along with several members of his staff. To me, this makes the men look bad, because they made assumptions before knowing the actual situation. Dr. King vividly tells why he is in Birmingham. He explains that there is injustice there, and if left alone, it is a threat to justice everywhere. Paragraph four is so powerful to me, because King gets personal in telling why he is so determined. In paragraph four, he states, “Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider.” (King 1) The reason this statement is
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