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Martin Luther King Jrs Letter from Birmingham Jail was a pleasure to read and the tension of the civil rights movement during that time built quickly On rereading I had time to admire Kings strategies through the use of ethos logos and pathos On reflection I was able to understand and appreciate the way King expressed significance of the civil rights movement This letter is unquestionable a work of art It is not a simple letter because it reveals a lot and shows a range of emotions but is very easy to read In the opening paragraph King explains how he came across a letter that eight clergy members published in a local newspaper and proceeds to respond to their comments King moves on in paragraphs 2 and 3 were he sets up his credibility and explains his reasons for being in Birmingham The letter changes in paragraph four where we begin to see Kings use of metaphors We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny King continues to explain his presence in Birmingham and begins to change the tone from introductory to confrontational In paragraph 10 he raises questions that were not directly asked and proceeds to explain his actions It is here King presents his argument in a definable logic It is his purpose is to inform the clergy of a new body of knowledge He includes the completeness and clarity of the knowledge presented by answering questions that had not been raised The purpose is to persuade the clergy to accept a new opinion on a matter of significance I have earnestly opposed violent tension but there is a type of constructive nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth While the tension contributes powerfully to my engagement with the letter the careful focus of the scene and action also contributes The scene is paragraph 14 and specifically Kings use of pathos including
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