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Plea for Justice In the Letter from Birmingham Jail Martin Luther King Jr uses persuasive speech to respond to the opposition King structures his language to follow a method resembling the Rogerian Argument which combats the oppression against humanity By clearly stating the problem restating the opponents position and the merit it holds summarizing his own position demonstrating why his position has merit and concluding with a proposal which appeals to both sides in the conflict King successfully counters the clergymens letter with fairness and honesty In the Letter from Birmingham Jail the message portrayed is listening with understanding The letter is presented in a dialogue manner rather than a monologue King restates the overall problem and then proceeds to summarize what his opponents have said The resistance is stemmed from a public statement by eight clergymen from Alabama In this statement the clergymen both condemn his work and support the injustice demonstrated by the police King is able to show an understanding of the clergymans stances and the different outlooks of all America by summarizing the viewpoints of the clergymen He acknowledges their arguments giving them equal respect and definition and then contests them by explaining their faults For example King addresses the charges brought against him and proceeds to explain why the charges were unjust A law is unjust if it is inflicted on a minority that as a result of being denied the right to vote had no part in enacting or devising the law He also brings to attention the clergymans disapproval of the demonstrations and explains why their position has no merit You deplore the demonstrations taking place in Birmingham But your statement I am sorry to say fails to express a similar concern for the conditions that brought about the demonstrations He gives merit to their argument but then removes the worth in their complaint This technique persuades the reader to side with King because he
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