Final Draft- Martin Luther King

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Matthew McAndrews English Composition II Rogerian Argument 2/29/2012 In the “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” Martin Luther King Jr. uses the form of persuasive speech to respond to the opposition, the clergymen. King successfully used fairness and honesty to counter the clergymen’s letter. He presented his letter in the form of a dialogue instead of a monologue. King tried to find common ground in the essay by bringing up points the clergymen made and argued them politely and gave possible answers to the possible counter-argument. Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” attempts to justify the need for nonviolent direct action, and how both King and the Clergymen should work together to find a solution. King wanted to find common ground with the clergymen. King tried to convince the clergymen to see his point of view, and realized and attempt the problem as a problem, not just a disturbance. He found common ground through beliefs in which they all believed and feelings that they all felt. King used a very strong quote that stated, “ An unjust law is no law at all.” This quote was from a great Christian philosopher and king knew the clergymen couldn’t ignore the words of such a wise man. King also used emotion to find common ground with the clergymen. He showed the real feelings that were felt when the black man is told that he cannot ride on this bus, because black people are filthy. King consistently used morality to help find common ground. He touched on how having two separate drinking fountains, one for whites and one for blacks, saying that it just wasn’t morally right. To find common ground, King needed to give multiple perspectives, in order to hammer his point home. King tried to find common ground with the clergymen through emotions. He explained how hard it was for him to tell his daughter that they couldn’t do certain things, like
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