Rhetorical Analysis Of Martin Luther King's Letter From Birmingham City Jail

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On April 16th, Martin Luther Kind Jr., Minister and Civil Rights Leader, his letter entitled “Letter from Birmingham City Jail”, angers and informs that civil disobedience is not just. He supports this claim by first saying that we will obtain our rights because of heritage and god, then protesting and breaking the law is the correct thing to do, and finally, everyday heroic people are disobedient to find justice. Through King’s use of tone, rhetorical appeal, and rhetorical analysis, he effectively persuades the people of America, to bring justice to this society and to stop the violence. Foremost, King’s optimistic and hopefulness tone helps people recognize the brevity of the situation. In his letter, he uses a great deal of diction. He states in his letter, “But even if the church does not come to the aid of justice, I have no despair about the future” (King #1). He also writes, “Our destiny is…show more content…
Jr. writes, “As pure as the ends we seek” (King #3). Furthermore, he says, “There is no greater treason than to do the right deed for the wrong person” (King #3). Martin Luther King is trying to say that the biggest betrayal of wrongdoing is when you do something that is right, but you do it for the wrong reason and it goes to waste. He doesn’t want this to happen in the Civil Rights Movement and he wants people to protest for the right reasons. One of his metaphors is, “They will be the James Merediths, courageously and majestic” (King #4). Also, “They will be old, oppressed, battered Negro women, symbolized in a seventy-two-year-old woman of Montgomery, who rose up with a sense of dignity and with her people decided not to ride the segregated buses” (Kind #4). MLK wished that the people, who stood up what is right by doing something wrong, would be honored for their courage and bravery. His use of metaphors and similes really helped express what was right and what was
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