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Rhetorical Analysis: Letter From Birmingham Jail

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Jess Gossen

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Images from Shutterstock.com Analysis Slide #1 MLK Jr. says, "Lamentably, it is an historical fact that privileged groups seldom give up their privileges voluntarily" (12).
• MLK Jr. uses this logical quote to make his position of the campaign being wise and timely clear to the reader by relating it back to previous historical events. Analysis Slide #3 Martin Luther King Jr. says, "We have waited for more than 340 years for our constitutional and God-given rights" (14).
• MLK Jr. uses this logical quote to emphasize the fact that they've been waiting for so long, that any time is timely. The significance of the argument that the protest is wise and timely is that it shows that they've giving administration enough time already and that it isn't going to change without a little push. Conclusion Rhetorical Analysis of
Martin Luther King Jr.'s
"Letter from Birmingham Jail" By: Jessica Forlenzo, Jess Gossen, and
Brendan Erickson In the "Letter from Birmingham Jail" by Martin Luther King, he uses logos and pathos to argue nonviolent protest movement is wise and timely. Thesis Summary In his first point, Martin Luther King Jr. says that it is historical truth that groups with privileges often do not give those up by themselves.
In the second part, Martin Luther King Jr. says that he has always heard the word wait when talking about gaining their freedoms, but he thinks that the wait means never.
In the third paragraph, Martin Luther King Jr. tries to make a point that people do not know how they feel, and what they've gone through. Analysis Slide #2 • MLK Jr. uses this emotional quote to convey the idea that their rights are long overdue. MLK Jr. says, "For years now I have heard the word 'Wait!' It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. This 'Wait' has almost always meant 'Never.' We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that 'justice too long delayed is justice denied'" (13). Analysis Slide # 4 MLK Jr. says, "The nations of Asia and Africa are moving with jetlike speed toward gaining political independence, but we stiff creep at horse-and-buggy pace toward gaining a cup of coffee at a lunch counter" (14).
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