MLK Expert of Rhetoric

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Steven Cole English 1 B Martin Luther King Jr.: Expert of Rhetoric It almost seems to be impossible to realize that only 55 years ago a man of color was not permitted to even complete the simple task of having a sandwich at the same restaurant as a white man. In fact, he may have even been arrested and beaten, depending on where in the country he may have been. In the essay “Letter from Birmingham,” Martin Luther King Jr. employs techniques of ethos, pathos, and logos to further his emotional impact on all readers of his letter, which was not only a response to A Call for Unity, but a moving letter meant to incite people. He uses these techniques to especially help bring understanding to his cause and make clear his goals as a leader. King first uses the rhetoric technique of ethos to establish his credibility as a clergymen, as well as a knowledgeable, educated human being. Second, King uses the technique of pathos to drive home the emotional side of his struggle for justice for people of all races. Lastly, King uses the technique of logos to appeal to the logical side of his reader’s minds as human beings, not as a people of separate races. Martin Luther King Jr. uses the rhetoric techniques of ethos, pathos, and finally logos extremely efficiently to appeal to all the readers of his “Letter from Birmingham.” First, Martin Luther King Jr. employs the technique of ethos in his letter to not only respond to the clergymen’s statement entitled “A Call For Unity,” but to also to appeal to all the readers who would eventually read this letter. Ethos is the credibility that an author establishes to a reader about themselves, and King uses this technique to show the world that he was not just any average man, but a man of intelligence and aptitude. First King shows ethos in his opening statement, “My Dear, Fellow Clergymen.” King establishes his credibility right
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