Rhetorical Devices In Letter From Birmingham Jail

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HI All, This is my first post, also my first writing about textual analysis. I don't feel good with this essay, but dont know why too. Please help me with this. prompts: Analyze "Letter of Birmingham Jail" in any aspect you can The spirit of revolutionary change, which has long been disturbing sleeping societies, shakes the core of what Martin Luther King Jr. calls "obnoxious negative peace." King's legacy of exceptional devotion to social justice and true peace is manifested in "Letter from Birmingham Jail." Much like the Apostle Paul, an authority that King reference, King writes with conviction and fervor. In his eloquent yet powerful letter King uses several rhetorical devices to make his point that "justice too long delayed, is justice denied." By addressing the clergymen's arguments and appealing to their emotion, logic, and ethos, he demonstrates to them that the time for action is now. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote "Letter of Birmingham Jail" as a response to white Alabama clergymen who criticized his action as "unwise and untimely." They published a…show more content…
The clergymen had urge for negotiations, instead of direct action, but King wanted to show that direct action is necessary to reach negotiation. Not only did he made argument for this point but he did by first anticipating questions that they may have such as" 'Why direct action? Why sit-ins, marches and so forth? Isn't negotiation a better path?'" King address concerns from the opposition throughout his whole essay such as: "You express a great deal of anxiety over our willingness to break laws," "You speak of our activity in Birmingham as extreme." By addressing their concerns in a fair and rational way, he is showing his readers that he gave great thought to their point of view and is taking them
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