One of the best examples of Dr. King using pathos to appeal to his audience is the following quote, “In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred” (King Para 7). He uses this metaphor to tell African Americans that in the process or after gaining their freedom they cannot do wrong to the ones that have wronged them. He is also encouraging forgiveness. This is inspiring because it shows the African American people that they can be better than what once was and let go and forgive all who wronged them.
Indeed, he had to establish his authority as both a minister and a representative for African Americans to establish equality between him and the eight clergymen to be credible to his audience and erase all potential condescendence. Furthermore, he played with emotions to abate oppositions and reinforce his vision of the fight for Civil Rights. King's aim was to create a feeling of identification with the civil rights' cause in the mind of his readers in order to expunge any Manichean thinking. Finally, his audience was in a spirit of conciliation and therefore was ready to listen to his message. He did his best to demonstrate the veracity of his claims and the legitimacy of his fight thanks to evidence and logic.
“But even if the church does not come to the aid of justice, I have no despair about the future.” King kind of challenged the church; with or without them, African Americans will continue to strive. “If the inexpressible cruelties of slavery could not stop us, the opposition we now face will surely fail.” This is also an example of pathos because it evoked sympathy from the readers. Another appeal to be mentioned is the ethical appeal. “I have no fear about the outcome of our struggle in Birmingham, even if our motives at present are misunderstood.” Martin Luther King is saying that he knows the outcome will be good. The question comes to mind, “What gives him credibility?” Him saying, “I have no fear…” shows his compassion for this issue.
They believe disobeying laws that appear unjust to their race is acceptable and is an act of civil disobedience. Civil disobedience is their main argument throughout both of their essays. They believe it is the only action that will increase change in their nation. They are both standing up for what they believe in and do so non-violently. Their overall purpose of their essays is to grab the audience attention and have them realize that civil disobedience is a necessity when social injustice
The main purpose of direct was to aware white leaders and citizens that African Americans refuse to stand down until negotiation was taken place. In the letter it states “Just as Socrates felt that it was necessary to create a tension in the mind so that individuals could rise from the bondage of myths and half-truths to the unfettered realm of creative analysis and objective appraisal, we must see the need of having nonviolent gadflies to create the kind of tension in society that will help men to rise from the dark depths of prejudice and racism to the majestic heights of understanding and brotherhood.” This statement was related to King’s motive and the cause of his motive. As the statement says because of racism and prejudice among people it is only right to proceed in a nonviolent resilient. The effectiveness did indeed alert the people of Birmingham that African Americans are not waiting no longer for negotiation. This action demonstrated how powerful and untied African Americans were and how they were dedicated to fight for
Washington favors the humble, ask nicely, appreciate what you’re given, and say thank you approach to obtaining social equality. Washington addresses the issue with caution, in doing so he not only comes across as an advocate of Blacks gaining “all privileges of the law”(Up from Slavery, 457), but also of Blacks being prepared “for the exercises of these privileges.”(457) By taking this approach Washington is gaining the appeal within the black community as well as the white community. In contrast to this effective stance, Du Bois asks constantly with a loud and firm voice. Du Bois even goes as far as to say that if the Black community wants social equality they must simply complain. “Ceaseless agitation”( The Souls of Black Folk 563 ) he feels will do more in the fight for equality than “voluntarily throwing away”(563) the reasonable rights they are entitled to.
This signified that Obama would not give up and ignore the racial issues America is facing and he urged every Americans to do the same. Every American must play their part ‘to continue on the path of a more perfect union.’ (Obama, 2008) To do so, Obama suggested that the African-American community must embrace ‘the burdens of [their] past without becoming victims of [their] past.’ (Obama, 2008) and believed that they are able to determine their own destiny. The African American community must be able to draw strength from their past in order to achieve a better future. The white community has to ‘realize that [their] dreams do not have to come at the expense of [other Americans’] dreams.’ (Obama, 2008) In this, Obama meant that the whites and blacks community must work together in order to fulfill their dreams. If the blacks and whites in American are able to do so, Americans will move past the racial wound that the nation has always been carrying.
“I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the, American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” (Martin Luther King) "My message to the world is that we must come together and live as one." As stated by the “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement", Rosa Parks , after standing her ground in trying to end segregation. She earned this nickname after standing up to the racial and social injustices that were still taking place due to Jim Crow legislation in the south during the 1950s.
Stacy Keith September 1, 2013 American Dream In the readings of Malcolm X and August Wilson their understanding of the American Dream was very much the same. Malcolm X’s vision was of a world of universal brotherhood in which each person would be respected and loved as a child of God. He was opposed to racism, male supremacy, religious intolerance, capitalism, and all its manifestations. Malcom X had a vision and that was an American Revolution for all of us. August Wilson wanted to show and hopefully help people to understand and realize the sacrifices and the struggles African American’s went through decade by decade.
He has thought a lot of people that it doesn’t matter what color you are we are all the same. He made a speech called “I have a dream” His famous words were "I have a dream," it lead us into believing that noncolored people were wrong and that where we all can live in a balanced environment. Martin luther king jr made a cah a check which was his envision where a former slave owner and former slaves live together in harmony were they can be in peace either way. Martin Luther King Jr said that his purpose for the whole cash a check is to bring history the time where colored people will be able to “cash their check” and for him that time for them was now. With that he had determination and extreme encouragement to successes with his dream.