Rhetorical Analysis Of Martin Luther King

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In paragraphs 12-14 King uses a combination of rhetorical strategies to argue the urgency for changing current segregation laws. Kings selective use of imagery, parallel structure, and metaphors helps bring out the emotions of the eight clergymen, making them feel sympathy and understand Martin Luther King Jr.s point of view.
In paragraph 12,Martin Luther King Jr focuses on addressing the opposition's statement that the direct action is untimely. King is pushing with great ordeal for the change of unjust segregation laws, even though his peers suggest that this is not the time for such big a change. In the same paragraph people questioned King, “Why didn't you give the new city administration time to act?” Of which he responded to by using a bit of logic that if he doesn't put pressure on the new administration, then no one would ever see any change. He says this because even though Mr.Connor is a nicer than Mr.Boutwell, both are “segregationists”, which meant that any hopes of change would be unlikely unless acted upon by an outside force. Later on, king builds his credibility by referencing Reinhold Niebuhr, a religious individual and his ideas about how, “groups tend to be more immoral than individuals.” Niebuhr, being an American theologian, ethicist, and public intellectual, backs up Kings main argument because Mr.Niebuhr has such high levels of clout, that the clergymen are able to understand that the reason king is preaching for social change is because the 8

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