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Letter From Birmingham Jail

Autor:  jon  12 April 2011
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Letter from a Birmingham Jail

In his "Letter from Birmingham Jail," Martin Luther King Jr. creates an eloquent and personal response to a statement by some Alabama clergymen opposing his actions in Birmingham, Alabama. The essay's focus is largely an explanation of King's civil disobedience and the immorality of racial segregation. King uses many tools to convey a tone that is both powerful and convincing explaining his opinion in a way that shows his intelligence but most important his humanity by using specific examples and comparisons to further his objective point. His goal was to explain why segregation was wrong and to also show the inhumanity or emotionality and consequences of a separatist society. King's examples are realistic, easy for the reader to relate and effectively to shows how one's character is compromised by separatism. The language he uses creates clear boundaries between blacks and whites as the oppressed and the oppressor. King uses these examples and comparisons to demonstrate his humanity and relatability when blacks were thought of as anything but human.

King's use of comparison in "Letter from Birmingham Jail" makes the plight of desegregation almost a religious one. His background as a Christian minister is definitely interwoven in his language and since the letter was geared toward fellow clergy bible references such as his comparison to his "gospel of freedom" to the Apostle Paul and the gospel of eighth century prophets. Another example is when he compares his incarceration and arrest to Jesus. Jesus was arrested and crucified without having committed a sin and King, with his nonviolent method builds upon an idea the clergy should be very familiar with. This shows his humanity and is a successful and convincing argument because it unties the reader with concepts that are familiar and well understood by both parties. Above constitutional rights laws are the laws of God. This sup...


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