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Metaphors, Similes, and Imagery In "Letters from a Birmingha

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Transcript of Metaphors, Similes, and Imagery In "Letters from a Birmingha

effects on the reader
Metaphors, Similes, and Imagery In "Letters from a Birmingham Jail"
Metaphor Examples
"Where were their voices of support when bruised and weary Negro men and women decided to rise
from the dark dungeons of complacency
to the
bright hills of creative protest."
This quote helps King's usage of pathos by creating a sense of guilt in the reader by comparing the horrible present situation of the Negros at the time to an obviously superior alternate future.
"When you take a cross country drive and find yourself having to sleep in the uncomfortable corners of your automobile because no motel will accept you"
This quote helps both King's usage of pathos and ethos becomes it makes the reader feel guilty over the mistreatment of African Americans while simultaneously making King look morally superior to the people that were performing these injustices to the African American community.
Simile Examples
"Like a boil that can never be cured so long as it is covered up but must be opened with all its ugliness to the natural medicines of air and light, injustice must be exposed...."

Imagery Examples
"when you take a cross country drive and find yourself having to sleep in the uncomfortable corners of your automobile because no motel will accept you"
"you seek to explain to your six year old daughter that she cant go to the public amusement park, and see the tears welling up in her eyes."
"while confined here in the Birmingham city jail."

Definitions
Metaphor
: a word or phrase for one thing used to refer to another thing in order to show or suggest they are similar
Simile
: a figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind, used to make a description more emphatic or vivid (uses like or as)
Imagery
: visually descriptive or figurative language
"Now is the time to lift our national policy from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of human dignity."
"Where were their voices of support when bruised and weary Negro men and women decided to rise from the dark dungeons of complacency to the bright hills of creative protest."
"In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion."
similes, metaphors, and imagery are all used to make the letter more appealing to the audiences they make the letter more descriptive while making you focus on one issue at a time. Good uses of similes, metaphors, and imagery will act on the reader's senses creating a false sense of perception. Furthermore, good usage of these rhetorical device will make the text more deep, and cause the reader to dig a little deeper into the things being discussed in each rhetorical device.
Connection to Ethos/Logos/Pathos.
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