Burmingham Jail Essay

454 Words2 Pages
Martin Luther King Jr’s letter uses tone, diction, and analogy to develop his argument. In his letter he addresses his clergymen’s criticism to his actions in Birmingham. He justifies his actions by arguing that he was invited here (Birmingham), and that he belonged in Birmingham. Dr. King uses different variations of the rhetorical devices tone, diction, and analogy. Martin Luther King Jr’s letter uses different tones in his letter, to justify his actions in Birmingham. “If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would have little time for anything other than such correspondance in the course of the day and I would have no time for constructive work.” In this quote he uses his tone/words to express how I he took the time to explain all his actions to the people who critize him, he would have no time to do work that betters segregation. “So I, along with several members of my staff, am here because I have organizational ties here.” In this quote he uses tone to express how his actions in Birmingham- although criticized- were requested. The choice and use of words and phrases that Dr. King uses in his letter express his qualiications of intelligence to make the most rash decisions in the times of need while in Birmingham, or any other city. “But more basically, I am in Birmingham because injustice is here.” He is using the rhetorical device diction in this quote to express the extent of his need and presence in Birmingham. Where ever injustice is in any city within the U.S. Dr. King goes to that city. The comparisons that Dr. King uses in his letter are used to provide an example of his actions to his critics in order to clarify them in Birmingham. “… and just as the Apostle Paul left his little village of tarsus and carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to practically every hamlet and city of the Greco-Roman world, I too am compelled
Open Document