The blacks were living a life which was no better than the life in the filthy rooms in the jail. Its ugly record of brutality is widely known. He wrote it in April of 1963 when segregation was at its peak in the South. For there is the more excellent way of love and nonviolent protest. King implies the logos when he talks about how black people are getting tired of being discriminated out of almost every aspect of life in the South and now wish to fight for their rights. I felt that the white ministers, priests, and rabbis of the South would be among our strongest allies.
The 'Letter' was not accepted for publication in the paper that had printed the criticisms 'A Call for Unity' to which it responds. They questioned the Negroes' choice to break the law rather than wait for change in a letter they wrote to a local news editor. If his repressed emotions are not released in nonviolent ways, they will seek expression through violence; this is not a threat but a fact of history. These are the hard, brutal facts of the case King. Draft Workshop Questions for Paper 1 Reader: Be sure to keep the guidelines for successful analysis sentences 1.
I began thinking about the fact that I stand in the middle of two opposing forces in the Negro community. However, negotiations were failed because those leaders did not keep their promises. So often the contemporary church is a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound. Who can say that the legislature of Alabama which set up that state's segregation laws was democratically elected? King wrote that his purpose of direct action exactly matched what clergymen suggested for. He generates strong emotional appeals that are powerful at influencing what people think and believe. K is using emotional appeal towards the audience.
King wanted to carry justice to Birmingham by this demonstration. Any law that uplifts human personality is just. In deep disappointment I have wept over the laxity of the church. Too long has our beloved Southland been bogged down in a tragic effort to live in monologue rather than dialogue. By using religious examples which appeal directly to his audience, the preachers, he attempts to gain their support and legitimize his course of action. Yet unlike them, he has been jailed for his actions.
King's letter was not even widely distributed until years after the Birmingham protests. Over the course of Letter from Birmingham Jail 1963 , the author, Martin Luther King Jr. The other, Jesus Christ, was an extremist for love, truth, and goodness, and thereby rose above his environment. Talk about the ethical high ground. Even so, I am sure that, had I lived in Germany at the time, I would have aided and comforted my Jewish brothers. But though I was initially disappointed at being categorized as an extremist, as I continued to think about the matter I gradually gained a measure of satisfaction from the label.
Then, last September, came the opportunity to talk with leaders of Birmingham's economic community. The overall urgency and call for action in the letter is emphasised by his strong appeals to pathos. Throughout Alabama all sorts of devious methods are used to prevent Negroes from becoming registered voters, and there are some counties in which, even though Negroes constitute a majority of the population, not a single Negro is registered. This soft tone seems to have appealed to many white audiences. He shares a unity towards his audience that is why he has credentials to speak about the injustice committed to the colored people everyday.
That if he is doing this the other churches and clergymen should be helping their cause, by at least praying. He's telling his audience that the laws are unfair because of who made them, and not only that but who didn't make them. After acknowledging this legitimate concern, King quickly launches into several paragraphs in defense of lawbreaking as a moral act, based on the concept that there are just laws and there are unjust laws. King is best remembered for his sonorous voice, towering metaphors, and rousing emotional appeals, inside every speech, sermon, and letter of his is a thoughtful, logical argument. For instance, I have been arrested on a charge of parading without a permit.
That would lead to anarchy. Then it occurred to us that Birmingham's mayoral election was coming up in March, and we speedily decided to postpone action until after Election Day. He is reasonable, knowledgeable, and moral. He's pointing out the major fact that Negros weren't a part of the law making that oppressed them. What he has found is too much caution, and a desire to separate the church from the needs of the community. King also alludes to the examples from many philosophers and saints, including Socrates and Aquinus. How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust? This is sameness made legal.
King uses logos in his letter to backup his counter argument against the clergymen. We have gone through all these steps in Birmingham. Martin Luther King then proceeds to justify his cause for protest and establishes reasons for the advancement of civil rights. Now is the time to lift our national policy from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of human dignity. There have been more unsolved bombings of Negro homes and churches in Birmingham than in any other city in the nation. King also makes a case for the value of direct action in general.