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rhetorical analysis of Martin Luther king letter from the Birimingham Jail

jgore9Threads: 1
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Author: jamie gore
Mar 17, 2009, 06:45pm   #1
I am do completely lost.... It is due tomorrow and I have no clue what I am doing. I don't even have a thesis wrote yet.
Can someone please help me!

cowman809Threads: 3
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Mar 18, 2009, 12:12am   #2

MLK used A LOT of emotional and ethical appeals.

EF_SeanThreads: 6
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Mar 18, 2009, 05:48pm   #3
Look at the way he uses language to generate strong emotional effects. So, in one part, he strings together several clauses each beginning with "when you" in order to show the magnitude of the injustices faced by the Black community. There are a ton of other things like this that you can find and talk about in the letter.

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Mar 18, 2009, 06:05pm   #4
Ah I'm sorry you got stuck on this one. Did it work out okay today? If you google that letter, it is available online. It really is a brilliant piece of writing.

Tell that teacher you'll turn it in late. Everyone makes mistakes... but don't miss the opportunity to write about that letter.

King was a hero.. for sure, and a great writer.

For your paper, compare his assertion of a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws with Thoreau's refusal to pay taxes when he disapproved of the government's actions. That will make a good thesis.

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