Persuassive Argument Essay/Letter from Birmingham Jail

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“Letter from Birmingham Jail” was written by Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963, after he was arrested and put in jail for eight days. The letter was directed to the white clergyman in charge of segregation laws. It clarifies and justifies the meaning of his actions attempting to express his feelings towards segregation, and his desire to end it. King uses rhetorical strategies such as logos and pathos to support his point of view on the unfair treatment that African Americans were suffering, and to convince and create a logical, yet emotional connection with the clergyman and the public. King uses these strategies such as pathos and logos in order to gain the credibility and sensitivity of the clergyman, and eventually the nation. King uses pathos thus he appeals to emotion when he mentions his experiences with his daughter. He finds segregation very difficult to explain to his six-year-old daughter in an not so morbid way. that she can’t go to all public and recreational places “When you suddenly find your tongue twisted and your speech stammering as you seek to explain to your six-year-old daughter why she can’t go to the public amusement park that has just been advertised in television, and see tears welling up in her eyes…” (p.592). This is a good example of his use of pathos, since most people can relate to wanting to give a child a happy life and not being able to. In King’s case because society prohibits racial integration, he is obligated to explain this to his daughter. Through the use of logos he refers to the historical fact of Adolph Hitler’s mistreatment of the Jews. “We should never forget that everything Adolph Hitler did in Germany was “legal” and everything that Hungarian freedom fighter did in Hungary was “illegal”. It was “illegal” to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler’s Germany”. Even so, I am sure that, had I lived in Germany at
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