Rhetorical Analysis

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Logan Schempf Mrs. Hamilton English III Per 6 16 October 2013 MLK Rhetorical Analysis Discussion 1. King introduces himself as a member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights. He introduces himself with these organizations to show that he is a man of good will and he is not trying to harm anyone. 2. King describes the church as the possible “true ekklesia” meaning that the church could be a major factor in the human rights movement if it participated and it could even be a key factor in promoting equal rights. 3. In his letter, King puts more emphasis on religion in his essay because he feels that people will connect to good will better through religion than through patriotism. King makes multiple allusions to the Bible, oftentimes using the ethos and pathos appeals. 4. The civil rights movement was a methodical process; however, it proved to be powerful as we have an African American president. Even though racism is still alive, the civil rights movement effectively reduced its power. Analysis 1. In the opening paragraph, King uses irony by calling the people who jailed him people of “genuine good will,” to create a tone of dissatisfaction. 2. King begins paragraphs 2-4 with a paragraph that explains who he is and why he is in the jail. He then explains what motivated him to take part in the nonviolent campaign that put him in jail. He ends the section by showing how important his justice movements are and how big of an impact they have on the world. Putting these paragraphs in this order gives the reader the best understanding of the big picture King is trying to portray. 3. King’s allusion to the Bible appeals to both pathos and ethos as Paul of the Bible is known as reliable and trustworthy and it appeals to pathos as many people passionately follow the Bible. King takes advantage of this
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