Uses Of Violence In The Ballad Of Birmingham By Dudley Randall

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Martin Luther, a famous religious leader, once said, “Nothing good ever comes of violence.” Four innocent girls were killed in the bombing of the Baptist Church on 16th Street on the 15th of September, in 1963. However, this event supported the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which grants equality between different races. Racial segregation negatively affected the daily lives of many African Americans. Furthermore, many had to experience the hardships of living in a nightmare. The bombing of Birmingham was caused by hatred towards others which led to the fatality of loved ones. In the Ballad of Birmingham by Dudley Randall, he uses imagery, symbolism, and tone to prove that violence can result in tragedy and anguish.
Imagery provokes emotion and creates images in the reader’s mind. For example, Randall states, “She raced through the streets of Birmingham / calling for her child” (27-28). In order for the reader to sense that the mother is anxious and worried, Randall uses imagery. Since her child does not respond to her mother, she senses that her child is in trouble. The quote, “She clawed through bits of glass and brick, / then lifted out a shoe” conveys the urgency and anxiousness of the mother (Randall, 29-30). Furthermore, the action shows the perseverance of the mother trying to find her child after the explosion occurs. The mother is in shock that the shoe her child wore is the only left piece of evidence that she found of after the explosion. Randall’s use of imagery

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